May General Meeting

Social Media: What it means for you!

May 26, 2012, 9:30 a.m., George Mason University

Before Facebook came around, roughly a billion people were on the Internet. Today, Facebook alone has over 900 million users. What happened?

Join us on May 26 to learn everything you wanted to know about social networks but were afraid to ask. We will explain why social media is important, and how you can use it effectively to keep up with friends, interact with family members, learn new things, and expand your horizons. Several of your favorite presenters – Larry, Travis, Lawrence, Roy and others – will explain the theory and practice of Social Networks. We will compare Facebook, Google+, and LinkedIn. We also would like the audience to share their experiences in using these social media networks.

The afternoon Mobile LifeStyle SIG will examine a slew of mobile apps that allow us to get social. These include the mobile versions of Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn, as well as Yelp, Foursquare, etc. Special attention will be given to Facebook and LinkedIn.

Once again, we will attempt to stream it over the Internet: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/wap-general-meeting.

George Mason University Essential Information

The meeting will be held in Enterprise Hall, Room 178.

Address: 4400 University Dr., Fairfax, VA (near Rte 123 and Braddock Road). Directions and Map: http://www.gmu.edu/welcome/Directions-to-GMU.html

Here is a campus map with annotations (PDF, 2.8 MB). Interactive map of campus: http://eagle.gmu.edu/map/fairfax.php

Important Parking Information: Two Options, Paid and Free

The Sandy Creek Parking Garage is fee-based facility. It is more convenient and closer to the meeting location. The Pi will subsidize the facility's parking fee by providing vouchers for donation request of $4.00.

If using the parking garage, park in Visitor's area; i.e., the lowest level. Take the elevator to the third floor (Campus Level), and exit along the sky bridge.

After the meeting, exit the garage using the exits marked for Validated Tickets. Your parking ticket goes in first. Then the validation ticket goes in next. If you have any problems, there is a speaker box for calling the parking lot attendant at the checkout point.

Free parking in Lot A (see map below)

Park as close to Mattaponi River Lane as possible, then walk north along that road toward the main campus buildings. The sidewalk route takes you directly to the side of Enterprise Hall, on your left. The meeting room is located on the second floor, accessible via outside stairs or via an elevator on your right as soon as you enter the building through the doors behind the outside stairs. We will endeavor to have signs posted to help guide you to the right location. It is at least a five-minute walk from Lot A and up a slight incline. We will be using a golf cart along the route, to offer rides to those who want or need a lift.

Handicapped Parking: There are three handicap parking spaces next to Enterprise Hall that can be used by members, on a first come first served basis. Have your Handicap Sticker showing on the dashboard or on the rear-view mirror.

George Mason Map