Austin Beckons

August 31st, 2011 | Shonali Burke | 16 Comments

austin beckonsThere’s been a lot of chatter recently over conferences that have a voting component to their submissions. That’s because the “panel picker” part of the 2012 South by SouthWest Interactive conference is currently in progress, ending on Friday, Sept. 2.

I remember the first year I paid attention to SxSW. I wasn’t anywhere close to attending, but it was new to me, and I was in awe of people who were submitting proposals. They were all sooo kewl!

In fact, it looked like a very cool event. The kind of event all the cool people, the social media rockstars, the tech geniuses were going to.

And because part of the SxSW selection process is getting public votes in for the various submissions, many of the blogs I read, many of the high-powered social media people would be tweeting and Facebooking madly about their panel, asking you to vote for them.

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North to Alaska

July 16th, 2010 | Shonali Burke | 6 Comments

In a couple of days, I’ll be heading to what I’ve always thought of one of the most fascinating places on earth: Alaska.

Image: Travis S.’ Flickrstream, Creative Commons

“Alaska?!” you ask.

“Why?!” you sputter, flavoring your morning coffee with a healthy dose of envy, I imagine.

It all began when I met Mary Barber at the 2009 PRSA International Conference. Mary and I had corresponded on Twitter (is it weird to use that word in conjunction with Twitter? I don’t care.) and made a breakfast date to finally meet IRL.

You know what it’s like when you really like someone online and then you meet them in person and you go, “Oh, no…”

Nothing like that.

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On Pontification

June 23rd, 2010 | Shonali Burke | 0 Comments

Quick heads-up: tomorrow I’m doing a Ragan webinar on social media and strategic communication in the “age of now.” (They didn’t say that last bit, I did.)

Friday, I’ll be at the Potomac TechWire Digital Media Conference East, on a Twitter-related panel with luminaries such as Rohit Bhargava and Jodi Gersh (hashtag #dmc10).

Hey, I can try to pontificate with the best of them. I might not beat ‘em at their game, but you can’t knock a girl for trying, can you?

Hope you see you at one – or both!

Image: Inayaili de León, Creative Commons