Saturday, March 29, 2008

Social Community Strikes Again!

The social community I'm most active on for the last nine months or so has been Twitter. On this site I've made many new friends, learned so much more about marketing and had a wonderful time being a part of efforts I would never had participated in prior to this relationship.

Today I had a chance to participate in what was titled the Bum Rush of The Age of Conversation. This experiment was to take the sales of this book and raise them up on the Amazon Sales Rank as high as possible on one day.
It rocketed from a starting point of 102,282 and by the end of the experiment landed at 262. What an amazing feat of what can happen in an online social community when we put our hearts into an effort.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Why the heck should I "twitter"

I get that question a lot and will post a more detailed explanation myself one of these days, but I thought Tris Hussey's post about it today was a great summation.
What are you doing? The question that Twitter answers, but it’s more than

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

It's A Crazy Thing, This SXSW

Seriously. Crazy. Hundreds of thousands of folks from all over the world descend upon our humble hill country land of Austin and surrounding communities to make the most of their social networking, film and music skills. They're planning on meeting and greeting and showing off.

I can't wait.

I've been scouring other messages on Twitter and adding anyone that looks of interest to my followers list. I've completed one conference call today, have another planning meeting for our Bulldog Solutions efforts tomorrow (right after we celebrate Adam's birthday) and completed my online scheduling.

Just look at this craziness.

I ask you. How's a girl supposed to get it all done?

Not really looking for an answer here, I know that I can't, but it's fun imagining that I can. Who needs sleep?

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Let's Go Fly a Kite

This was the song playing in my head as I got dressed this morning. Okay. This is the song I was singing out loud as I got dressed this morning.

After church today I joined a couple of friends to attend my first ever Zilker Park Kite Festival. In it's 80th year, it seems that there are a number of folks who have attended it and known about its existence much longer than myself. There must have been thousands of people, families, kiddos, moms, dads, grandparents and lots of dogs.

Seemed that most folks were actually flying their own kites and then there were professional kite flyers with contraptions that must have been as large as my house. The professionals did kite acrobatics to new age jazz music that was broadcast throughout the event via huge speakers.

All kinds of colors and shapes and sizes and amazingly I didn't see one political one and yet we have the US President Texas primaries happening in two days. My favorites included tails with spinny things on them. There was a beareded dragon that was beautiful, lots of butterflies, a few Austin bats, and even a flying man.

Check out all the photos from the event on my Flickr site.

Yet another reason why I LOVE Austin so much with all it's weirdness. Keep Austin Weird!

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Zilker Kite Festival Austin 80th annual - another reason I LOVE Austin.

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Saturday, March 1, 2008

SXSW Interactive Here I Come

I'm a newbie. I live in the Austin area, but I've never attended any part of a past SXSW event. Sad to think that I've lived in and out of Austin for going on 11 years and haven't been a part of it until this year.

So this year I'm going in full force. Not only am I planning on getting my feet wet, but I'm determined to simply wear myself out by attending and chatting with everyone at the Interactive portion of the festival.

Mostly I'm connected with folks from all over the world on Twitter and we've set up a Wiki to keep up with who's planning on attending. And this morning I just joined a Ning site for attendees.

My company, Bulldog Solutions, is a cosponsor with Federated Media and Dell, The Conversation Group, and Social Media Club Austin, an evening of “Conversation Starters” at the Iron Cactus on Monday, March 10, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Over drinks and appetizers, attendees will have a chance to share ideas with a number of people who have volunteered to start conversations: Shel Israel, Robert Scoble, Jeremiah Owyang, Charlene Li, Chris Heuer, Mack Collier and Lionel Menchaca, as well as several Federated Media authors. If you know anything about social media then you'll know that these folks are the big guns in the arena.

I can't wait. If you've thought about going and they still have badges left to SXSW Interactive then come. Be a newbie with me.