I have never been a fan of social media. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, to me, were just distractions from having an actual social life. However, my whole perspective changed about social media after starting this internship. Since, the Lebanese American Chamber of Commerce is an event based organization, my job basically went from planning an event to executing that event and then quickly starting on the next event, sometimes planing two things at once when necessary. I realized how important it was, not only to send and email to each of the members of the chamber, but making a Facebook event was also extremely important. The members almost never came to something they didn’t Facebook RSVP to. I found that the members also did not check their emails very often but kept in touch more on LinkedIn.
Apart from event promotion, the Facebook page needed to update the members and the public about different things Lebanese people were and are up to. As an Arab entity it is important to make sure to promote the positive aspects of our community while the negative media about us and our people spams the internet and news sources. I believe that it is important to not only promote our events to our members, but display to the public that our organization is filled with accomplished individuals making great contributions to society. Now, more than ever, it is important to have that established via social media.