Welcome Luke – To A Social World

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My son, Luke William Brenner, was born on Wednesday October 5th at 4:25am. He weighed in at 8 pounds, 10 ounces and measured 22 inches long.

My wife Elizabeth and the baby are both doing great as we plan to return home from the hospital today.

Although we have 3 other children (ages 8, 5 and 3) this was our first baby born since social media has taken such a huge role in our lives.

So we announced his birth on Twitter and Facebook and LinkedIn. And then were amazed at the amount of support and comments we received. The Facebook photo alone received over 100 “likes” and close to 100 comments.

In the past, with each birth, we would call immediate family, email friends and colleagues. But now, we can literally announce such amazing life events to the entire world.

So for those who claim that social media has not had a profound effect on the world, look at the state of the print media industry, look at the political situation in Egypt, Libya and Syria, and say “hello” to my first social baby.

When I think about the changes social media has brought about in just the past few years, I can’t even imagine what his life will be like.

I think about and I am so grateful for all the new friends I have gained and all the old friends I have re-connected with.

Should I reserve his Twitter account? Sign him up for Facebook? Register his website domain?

How has social media changed your life?

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Michael Brenner is a globally-recognized keynote speaker, author of The Content Formula and the CEO of Marketing Insider Group. He has worked in leadership positions in sales and marketing for global brands like SAP and Nielsen, as well as for thriving startups. Today, Michael shares his passion on leadership and marketing strategies that deliver customer value and business impact. He is recognized by the Huffington Post as a Top Business Keynote Speaker and a top CMO influencer by Forbes. Please follow him on LinkedIn, Twitter, or Facebook and Subscribe here for regular updates.

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