Los Angeles’ largest digital networking organisation association, Digital LA, is to invite a renowned online dating expert onto its Love Goes Digital panel on the eve of the most romantic day of the year. Julia Spira, celebrated author and regular talk-show panel guest on all things to do with love in cyberspace will join others on the discussion, to mull over the mechanics that have made her synonymous with the industry.
Digital LA, whose newsletter reaches an audience of 30,000 across the social media network, is an association for the digital media arts by the digital media arts, showcasing, through its regular panels and ‘mixers’, the very best in a respective niche to help those at the start-up end, giving those individuals and companies just getting their foot on the first rung of digital media ladder their very own moments to shine, too.
Julia is perhaps the ideal guest for this particular discussion as, not only does she hail from a whole host of industries prevalent within the media industry, but she also knows a thing or two about using the new platform to her own advantage, as she has done so successfully in the past, using the Internet to promote and make a best seller of her book: The Perils of Cyber-Dating, a retrospective detailing the romance of the ever-hopeful quest for ‘The One’ using online dating.
The founder of Digital LA, Kevin Winston, was very clear about what the discussion was set to achieve and why the panelists chosen were the perfect vessel to carry their message off. Within the world of online dating, there are ‘capitals’ – cities whose off-line dating influences have helped shape the way dating sites have grown and become platforms to be embraced, rather than feared, as was once the case. LA is just one of those cities and to have so many experts in the field gathered together on the eve of such an important day in the romantic calendar is testament to its legendary status, along with New York (in this humble writer’s opinion, the global capital of online dating) and London.
Spira’s place on the panel is more than justified; with a nominated blog, best-selling book, a coaching track record in online dating hardly rivalled and now a recently completed screenplay, she is perhaps the best example of a cog that works well between the two subjects of online dating and digital media. Should make for an interesting show.