I’m very excited to finally be able to dive into the Interactive portion of South By, and intend on running myself ragged trying to hit as many panels as possible. Here are some of my favorites:
The Bombastic Brilliance of “Black Twitter”: I would be lying if I said I didn’t notice that, later into 2009, Twitter’s trending topics began to change from what I’d consider “actual” news to things like #DMXisHarderThanDrake or #BeibersHair. And when I would click on the trending topics, I noticed that many of the posts were coming from younger, African American women. Then, not too long ago, I began hearing about the idea of “Black Twitter.” I’m interested to see how Dr. Goddess discusses “Black Twitter” and the people and culture involved in it.
Big Social Media Results at Small Organizations: Professor Aimee Roundtree will discuss how small organizations can use social media to get the word out. As someone who started a Twitter account for a radio show that then turned into a music website, and on the side has been building his personal brand online, I’m interested to find out some tips and tricks to getting my name out there.
Clouds Here, Clouds There, Clouds Everywhere: I just got hired as a Social Media Coordinator at the tech company VMware, who, in the last few years, has really adapated cloud computing as a main component in their business. I would like to know more about the importance of clouds, as well as where they set the future for how businesses (big or small) will share their information and ideas.
Can Gaming Make the World Better?: This is purely because I’m a huge gamer. I have been almost my entire life. I believe gaming has great potential to heighten the senses and stimulate the mind, but I also think too much can lead to loss of a social life and a loss of focus (I know all of this from experience). I’m curious to see how the panel takes on these issues, especially with so many conservative interest groups trying to call for many game developers’ heads for “corrupting their children with sex and extreme violence.” Granted, maybe don’t let your 5 year old play Grand Theft Auto, but alas, that is America.
I plan to keep adding to this list as I sift through the impossibly long SXSWi schedule.