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Wednesday Buzz: How #Eventprofs Became Famous

By / Aug 31, 2016 (iStock/Thinkstock)

The story of #eventprofs, one of the most popular online communities in the event space. Also: Let’s talk collecting dues.

If you’re an association pro who’s active on the Twitters, odds are you’ve spent a lot of time on the #eventprofs hashtag, one of the most popular spots online.

Less known about the hashtag is its origin, which is particularly notable because it was one of the earliest hashtag communities on Twitter.

In an interview with the Event Manager Blog, #eventprofs founder Lara McCulloch explains her role in the hashtag (which she claims is the second-oldest on Twitter) and why she and other event professionals launched it.

“The ultimate goal was to use this forum to allow event professionals to connect, ask questions, provide advice and, ultimately, help our industry and our businesses grow,” she explained.

At first, the hashtag took the form of an organized online chat, one that frequently trended on Twitter. But, over time, it’s become more informal. McCulloch says that she hopes to reinvigorate that sense of community in the coming months.

“It is very important to reinforce the value of this amazing community on social media,” she explained. “#eventprofs is the way we define ourselves online.”

Thinking Through Member Dues

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Ernie Smith

Ernie Smith is the social media journalist for Associations Now, a former newspaper guy, and a man who is dangerous when armed with a good pun. More »

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