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The #AVSelfie and You

The #AVSelfie. The work of countless industry professionals over the last year. On June 9, 2014 Chris Neto explained what we were trying to do with the AV community during InfoComm 2014. As you can see in his post, here, it was a pretty simple concept. Take a picture of yourself during the InfoComm show, tag it with the hashtag #AVSelfie, and we would put together a fun video at the end of the show. We did just that. Phil Cordell created a parody of the Chain Smoker’s song #Selfie, our team gathered footage and your pictures, and on Friday of InfoComm 2014 we debuted the video to a large crowd of people at several booths.
Something kind of cool happened after that, though.-*It was embraced by the AV community and continues to be used. It carried through to events, parties, casual get togethers and everyday life. It became part of us and it showed who we were and why we are a part of AV. The #AVSelfie continued through the summer, fall, and even now. It isn’t as active as #AVNews or #AVTweeps but those in our community are still posting pictures of themselves in their everyday AV lives. It’s great! It’s a wonderful way to connect with each other. The hashtag #avselfie was created for the AV community and you all have embraced it.
I have had a number of calls and emails this week confused about-*the handle @AVSelfie and the hashtag #AVSelfie. The folks at rAVe Publications have registered it and are using it. That’s great but it really doesn’t have much to do with the #AVSelfie community, though. Jeff Jarvis wrote a piece a number of years ago stating that no one person “owns” a hashtag, and he’s right –*no one does. When a hashtag is-*created, it is given to the community it serves. There is no managing, culling, or owning it. A Twitter handle is different. rAVe registered it fair and square-*and they own that. Their ownership of the handle-*doesn’t change what we will be doing at InfoComm 2015.
This will be our second annual #AVSelfie music video, again produced by Phil Cordell, featuring members from all facets of our industry and community. It is open to anyone who tags their videos with the hashtag #AVSelfie. It doesn’t matter who you are. If you watch last year’s video again you will see members of the AV community like-*Crestron and AMX (competitors), members of the press from New Bay (SCN) and EH Publishing (Commercial Integrator), complimentary manufacturers like Vaddio and Draper, as well as integrators, installers, and programmers. InfoComm’s chief David Labuskes got involved and took an #AVSelfie. There are even some that were there with rAVe Publications in the video as well. People from all walks of life, from all over the world-*that are a part of this group we call AV are involved. No one owns it. That’s what makes it great.
So, if you want to track the activities the folks as rAVe will be a part of and share at InfoComm 2015 you can follow @AVSelfie.-*I’m certain they will have a number of really great things happening at InfoComm 2015. If you want to engage with and be a-*part of the community as well, then just make sure you include the hashtag #AVSelfie along with your picture. Hope you have a great InfoComm Show 2015.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. Have a great week.

About Author

Tim Albright is the founder of AVNation and is the driving force behind the AVNation network. He carries the InfoComm CTS, a B.S. from Greenville College and is pursuing an M.S. in Mass Communications from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. When not steering the AVNation ship, Tim has spent his career designing systems for churches both large and small, Fortune 500 companies, and education facilities.

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