This week, September 19-23, is Social Media Week 2011! Social Media Week (SMW) is a global platform that connects people, content, and conversation around emerging trends in social and mobile media. This weeks events are taking place in 11 cities spanning across 10 different countries! That is pretty amazing. But what makes Social Media so special is that even those who don’t live in one of the cities where events are taking place, or can’t get away from the office to attend an event, can still get in on all the action! By following one of the designated Twitter hashtags, or watching live streaming events, you can literally stay up to date with everything taking place (maybe even more so than attending in person!). As I sit here and think about how awesome technology is, and all the great things that have happened to me as a direct result of social media, I wonder why so many people are still so hesitant to give it a try. So for those people, I decided to put a little list together of why I love social media. Hopefully it will give them a little something to think about.