Find your friends from TweetCampSA

July 22, 2009 at 3:57 am | Posted in Attendee Spotlight, Event News | 1 Comment
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hello-my-name-isBelow is a list of everyone at TweetCampSA who signed our Twitter handle poster. We had nearly 150 attendees but there are only 91 Twitter handles on this list. If your Twitter handle isn’t here but you were at TweetCampSA and you’d like to share it with everyone, please DM us, @tweetcampsa us or email us at tweetcampsa at gmail dot com with your Twitter handle and we’ll add you to this esteemed list!

@1337wine
@13cathleen
@369wayman
@a_franceschini
@abt70
@ahayne
@aliciasanera
@andinarvaez
@atrickett
@becky_j
@bkearney
@bloommaternity

@carlagee
@ccoleman1974
@ccolmenar
@charlotteanne
@colleenpence
@corrington
@dbrsat
@designminded
@djdblr
@dlairman
@donphilbin
@dynila
@ecrh
@emilymckay
@epodcaster
@ericaogrady
@estherfoster
@f_a_h
@faithhinchman
@firecatsue
@food4sa
@fostercreative
@funpearls
@hollyhoffman
@janica
@jdirt
@jessyoung13
@jijiking
@joeruiz
@jrs1511
@kellymorrispr
@komet_marketing
@krazyboutgolf
@ksatnews
@lettergirl
@libbytilley
@lindafarley
@madeinsatx
@mapetite
@marciecasas
@maryanthony
@marz8
@maurahernandez
@momonmars
@mrbravo2000
@mrmcclain
@mully
@nlott
@obhter
@personique
@philwest
@promogeorge
@rafaelmarquez
@rbearsat
@reallyshecky
@robertdominguez
@sabusykids
@sammytu
@sandrasantos
@sarah_teacher
@savorsa
@scotmckay
@scvanderver
@shakupawo
@shelleyrae
@slowesanchez
@smcalpin
@suescunfast
@talldavid
@texasbuck
@theredrecruiter
@torijohnson
@tprnews
@txconflictcoach
@videopublishing
@wilywillie
@wmcaldera
@womansportsmind
@writeontime
@wxprobrian

Sparrow sponsor spotlight: 10 questions with Jim Adcock

July 10, 2009 at 8:03 am | Posted in Attendee Spotlight, Sponsor Spotlight | 3 Comments

Every Tuesday and Friday, we will feature a TweetCamp San Antonio attendee on the blog to give you an insight of the diverse group of people that have come together thanks to the micro-blogging services that are reinventing the way we do communications. Feel free to follow these people and get a head start on TweetCamp San Antonio. If you haven’t done so already, don’t forget to RSVP!

Introducing TweetCamp attendee AND Sparrow-level sponsor @dlairman.

dlairman

1. Who are you?

I’m Jim Adcock in Austin TX – @dlairman on Twitter.  I’m also “the spam guy” – ask me about it sometime!

2. What do you do?

I’m a SharePoint developer/administrator, a .Net web developer, a champion of process improvement.

3. Why social media?

Jason Alba and Tiffany Songvilay.  At a presentation on SharePoint, Tiffany talked about how she is doing less blogging and posting more on Twitter instead, because of the very active #SharePoint community on Twitter.  Then I saw Jason talk about using social media as a platform to talk about who you are, to market yourself, in a job search.  Some of what he talked about, especially in terms of building your reputation as an expert in your field, matched what Tiffany had said.  In my research and experience since, I’ve found wonderful synchronicity and serendipity in social media.

4. How do you use microblobbing services like Twitter for work/business?

I talk about what I learn, what I know, what I’m doing to improve myself professionally.  I point the way to more information about myself and those things, so that people can get in-depth information.  I try to help others in my communities all that I can.

5. How, if at all, do you use microbbling services for personal purposes?

On Twitter, I occasionally talk about things I am doing personally, to give a more rounded view of myself as a person, as someone whom others can work comfortably with.  I do more of that kind of thing on Facebook, but with an eye to the fact that, once information is published, it is out of my control, so I do try to stay professional about the things I publish.

6. Tell us a Twitter success story

I made a personal connection to someone I was also trying to get a job from.  I had re-Tweeted something Neil Gaiman had re-Tweeted from Cory Doctorow.  A distant relation of my wife saw the tweet on Facebook, and as she works at a place that has a number of projects by Neil, offered to comp me some free stuff.  Meanwhile, David, they guy I had been interviewing with, tweeted that his 3 year old son loves a particular TV show.  When I checked the catalog for Neil’s stuff, there were DVDs of the show that David’s kid liked.  So I got comped the DVDs I wanted and a DVD for Dave’s kid.  Everyone went away very happy, especially David’s son.

7. Twitter FAIL story? Lesson (s) learned?

None so far, thankfully!

8. Your favorite Twitter follows? Why do you follow these people? Have you ever met them?

9. Your Twitter pet peeve?

Purveyors of porn, multi-level marketing or get-rich-quick schemes.  The latter two are of no value to me at all, and the first is inappropriate for using Twitter professionally, even if they are only following me and not vice-versa.  I’m a big believer in the Block function on Twitter.

10. Any additional words of wisdom?

Lots of them. Read my blog for all of them I have typed up so far, with more to come!

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Andi Narvaez is one of the three organizers of TweetCamp San Antonio. She is an public relations account coordinator for KGBTexas Public Relations / Advertising in San Antonio, Texas and is also one of the three founders of the San Antonio Media/PR/Business Tweetup. She writes a blog on integration, communication and our evolving society. She recently earned her degree in Communications and Marketing from Trinity University. She is originally from Quito, Ecuador.

Attendee spotlight: 10 questions with Candy Beauchamp

April 29, 2009 at 2:24 am | Posted in Attendee Spotlight, Austin | 2 Comments
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Every Tuesday and Friday, we will feature a TweetCamp San Antonio attendee on the blog to give you an insight of the diverse group of people that have come together thanks to the micro-blogging services that are reinventing the way we do communications. Feel free to follow these people and get a head start on TweetCamp San Antonio. If you haven’t done so already, don’t forget to RSVP!

Introducing TweetCamp attendee @candieb

candieb

1. Who are you?

Candy Beauchamp in Austin, TX – @candieb on Twitter – more info about me is here

2. What do you do?

I’m a virtual bookkeeper, virtual assistant (VA) and technology & gadget geek.

3. Why social media?

Why not? For me because I work from home with my husband full time, it’s a great outlet, it is my water cooler, where I can breeze by, see what my friends are saying and respond. It’s also another way to get to know other people that I might not have had the opportunity to otherwise.

4. How do you use micro-blobbing services like Twitter for work/business?

My main account, @candieb, is a mixture of personal and business. I’d say more than 90 percent  is personal. I do tweet about work, but let’s face it, bookkeeping isn’t all that fascinating to the average person – contrary to popular belief most of us bookkeepers don’t sit around talking about our most fabulous journal entry EVER either 😉 I also run @2minuteswithava, which is basically my little side project for virtual assistants to ask questions of a seasoned VA.

5. How, if at all, do you use microbbling services for personal purposes?

I keep in touch with my local friends, as well as those far away. A good deal of my book geek friends are on there as well as friends further away. It’s also a great place to vent out the latest weirdness that goes on in my house or with my kids. Again, it’s a great way to connect with others.

6. Tell us a Twitter success story

While I don’t use Twitter specifically for business, I’m sure anyone can tell by looking at my stream for a day or two that I am a bookkeeper. I’ve been lucky in that people will see someone that needs a bookkeeper and either tell me or tell that person to contact me. It’s kind of a weird “twitter word of mouth” thing going on for me. It’s great, even if a little weird at first. It’s hard to sell someone on yourself in 140 characters, but so far, I’ve managed to get several clients from Twitter – without really trying too hard.

7. Twitter FAIL story? Lesson (s) learned?

I live my life pretty transparently. Sometimes I have to remind myself to re-read before hitting that “post” button 🙂 There have been a few times that I’ve said something and wondered if I should take it back. But, at the end of the day… I am who I am. I do try to remember that “type, read, re-read, then send” philosophy.

8. [Cheating, three-part question] Your favorite Twitter follows? Why do you follow them? Have you ever met them?

@statesman – what is there not to love about Austin’s newspaper being online? I also adore that they take time to reply and actually read their tweets and replies. They aren’t just a mindless stream like some of the news tweeters I’ve seen. Fabulous use of Twitter, in my opinion.
@VAnetworking – not only a great resource for VAs, but also one great lady. Tawnya isn’t all business all the time and I like that. I was fortunate enough to meet Tawnya at a VA Summit and we hit it off in person just as well as hit it off online.
@linuxjournal – These folks are not only a long-time client of mine, they are funny. This is the main account for them. They feed my inner geek well and make an effort to respond to their replies and build a sense of community for the Linux folks online through Twitter.

9. Your Twitter pet peeve?

Auto DMs

10. Any additional words of wisdom?

I think the biggest piece of advice someone gave me, and one I try to remember everyday is that social media should be fun. If it starts to be not so fun, I turn it off for a while.

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Andi Narvaez is one of the three organizers of TweetCamp San Antonio. She is an public relations account coordinator for KGBTexas Public Relations / Advertising in San Antonio, Texas and is also one of the three founders of the San Antonio Media/PR/Business Tweetup. She recently earned her degree in Communications and Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Trinity University. She is originally from Quito, Ecuador.

Attendee Spotlight: 10 questions with Charlotte-Anne Lucas

April 24, 2009 at 9:18 pm | Posted in Attendee Spotlight, San Antonio | 1 Comment
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Every Tuesday and Friday, we will feature a TweetCamp San Antonio attendee on the blog to give you an insight of the diverse group of people that have come together thanks to the micro-blogging services that are reinventing the way we do communications. Feel free to follow these people and get a head start on TweetCamp San Antonio. If you haven’t done so already, don’t forget to RSVP!

Introducing TweetCamp attendee @charlotteanne

charlotteanne

1. Who are you?

I’m a veteran journalist who left newspapers for the Web 10 years ago. I was in top management at two online news sites, TheStreet.com and MySanAntonio.com, when they became profitable. From 2006-2008 I taught digital journalism, Web design and publishing, multiplatform journalism, interviewing and the bedrock course, Journalism 102, at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. My students learned how to build and maintain their own blogs, built Web sites from tiny little pieces, interviewed people on the social network audio channel Utterz, use Skype video and iChat for international interviews, livestream interactive video on the social media channel, Kyte.tv, and used Twitter to complete the requirements of their final exam. Then I got laid off and came home to San Antonio.

2. What do you do?

My husband, Bill Waldrop, and I are partners in WilCharMedia.com. He’s also a journalist and he helped put the Express-News online in early 1996. We’re digital strategy consultants. We do Web publishing and design, we build social media networks. My role is Online Instigator. We’ll be starting an online news-wiki Web site later this year, but that’s another story!

3. Why social media?

Because we can. More importantly, because everyone can, and it is a two-way conversation. Thank goodness we’re no longer stuck with the one-way, top-down arrogance of old media (although not everyone in old media knows that!).

4. How do you use micro-blobbing services like Twitter for work/business?

I do an hour-long preso on Social Media for Journalists, and would be happy to roll that out during the Tweet Camp. It is longer than 140 characters and it evolves regularly 😉

5. How, if at all, do you use microbbling services for personal purposes?

The line between business and personal is a bit blurry these days, but that’s OK. My entire life is on the record.

6. Tell us a Twitter success story

One of my favorite students left school to work for Obama’s social networking squad. I taught him to Twitter, he Twittered for Obama, and look where that got us!

7. Twitter FAIL story? Lesson (s) learned?

On the first day my students were strutting their stuff and doing the first ever live-group Twitter of the Editor&Publisher EPPYconference in Vegas in May 2008, the Fail Whale weighed in for several hours. It was *very* frustrating.

8. [Cheating, three-part question] Your favorite Twitter follows? Why do you follow them? Have you ever met them?

I follow almost 1,200 people. I use TweetDeck and have several columns including one for all of the women I follow. Another column is My Faves (I have left out the locals on my list, fyi): @acarvin, @agahran, @alizasherman, @bonniegrrl, @breakingnewson, @carlmalamud, @craignewmark, @cshirky, @davewiner, @digitalsista, @dsearls, @gapingvoid, @gazamom, @garyobrien, @hrheingold, @jacklail, @jdp23, @kanter, @laughingsquid, @lisawilliams, @marshalk, @maryhodder, @mediamum, @myrnatheminx, @newmediajim, @niemanlab, @noxhanti, @olevia, @pistachio, @rachelnixon, @susanmernit, @TheWomensMuseum, @timoreilly, @tobydiva, @thirstyboots, @underoak, @vincrosbie, @westseattleblog, @womenwhotech, @yelvington
I learn so very much from them. Some make me think and some make me smile. It’s a great blend!

Of My 41 faves, I have met 11: @agahran, @craignewmark, @garyobrien, @jdp23, @rachelnixon, @tobydiva, @susanmernit, @thirstyboots, @myrnatheminx and @yelvington. I knew @kr8tr online for more than a year before I met him, and he’s in San Antonio!

9. Your Twitter pet peeve?

52% of Twitter users are women, yet so many Twitter shoutouts, lists of experts and RTs involve men. That’s part of why #women2follow is so important to me.

10. Any additional words of wisdom?

I joined Twitter right after it was introduced in 2007 at SXSW, but I didn’t fall in love with its potential and magic until later that year. I wrote a primer, Twitter 101 in March of 2008. That piece has gotten almost 2,000 views from all over the world. That’s pretty magic!

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Andi Narvaez is one of the three organizers of TweetCamp San Antonio. She is an public relations account coordinator for KGBTexas Public Relations / Advertising in San Antonio, Texas and is also one of the three founders of the San Antonio Media/PR/Business Tweetup. She recently earned her degree in Communications and Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Trinity University. She is originally from Quito, Ecuador.

Attendee Spotlight: 10 questions with Charnell Pugsley

April 17, 2009 at 5:40 pm | Posted in Attendee Spotlight, San Antonio | 1 Comment
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Every Tuesday and Friday, we will feature a TweetCamp San Antonio attendee on the blog to give you an insight of the diverse group of people that have come together thanks to the micro-blogging services that are reinventing the way we do communications. Feel free to follow these people and get a head start on TweetCamp San Antonio. If you haven’t done so already, don’t forget to RSVP!

Introducing TweetCamp attendee @charnellpugsley

charnellpugsley

1. Who are you?

My name is Charnell Pugsley, from San Antonio, Texas.

2. What do you do?

I am the Community Evangelist for PEER 1, a Mother, and GrandMother – yes, these are “jobs” too. 🙂

3. Why social media?

Social Media plays a big part in my life both personally and professionally. It allows me to reach out to and speak to such a wide audience, to connect with such a variety of people. It fascinates me, educates me, and provides such great opportunities for so many things.

4. How do you use micro-blobbing services like Twitter for work/business?

PEER 1 and ServerBeach use Twitter to connect, share, listen, and learn. Customers, prospects, partners, industry experts, media, and competitors, are all on Twitter and looking to connect. Engaging with these different parties through micro-blogging is extremely efficient and highly rewarding. We have used Twitter to share tips and ideas, acknowledge happy customers, help unhappy customers, run fun promotions, communicate with media, and be generally thoughtful and transparent.

5. How, if at all, do you use microbbling services for personal purposes?

I use it personally to connect with people that share my interests, I use it for laughs, for information, and sometimes just to think aloud – which often returns some great advice from people!

6. Tell us a Twitter success story

Well that’s an easy one. It took me about a month to figure Twitter out. I signed up, used it for about a week and thought, “Who cares if I have to get up and pee at 2 a.m.?” or “Who cares that I had peanut butter on my toast??” This was nuts, I thought. So I dropped Twitter for about three weeks. I kept hearing about it everywhere so instead of posting or “tweeting”, I watched. I watched what people were “tweeting” and I noticed that they weren’t telling people what they were doing every minute of the day…they were connecting. So I tweeted here and there, people started responding. I started searching for keywords of interest, following people, and it was just a natural flow – I began connecting. The success? I’ve made numerous friends, connected with some old, many new, and I’ve learned so very much. That’s a success.

7. Twitter FAIL story? Lesson (s) learned?

Hm. I’ve tweeted something in my early days of Twitter that I should not have. I didn’t think anything of it because after reading it and realizing what I had said, I instantly clicked the little trash-can icon to delete it. Whew, I was safe. Bzzt, wrong answer. Why? Because good ol’ Twitter Search keeps EVERYTHING, whether you deleted it or not. Epic FAIL. So the lesson learned – never, EVER say anything online that you do not want the world to know. Common sense right? We would all like to think it anyway.

8. [Cheating, three-part question] Your favorite Twitter follows? Why do you follow them? Have you ever met them?

@ChrisBrogan – I haven’t had the opportunity to meet him…yet. He’s a real, down-to-earth person. He makes sure that he’s always personable and his tweets are always positive. He’s great with advice when it comes to Social Media – that’s his job right? 😉

@ JenWojcik, @0lli, @tophee, @jakematic, @RackerHacker, – some great friends I’ve made. Haven’t met them YET..except for @RackerHacker. I had the great opportunity of meeting him while attending my very first tweetup! All great people who make me laugh and often tweet interesting news/information.

9. Your Twitter pet peeve?

New followers who you follow back – only to have them DM with their spam and a URL.10. Any additional words of wisdom?

Tweet like there’s no tomorrow – someone, somewhere, will listen and 9 times out of 10 – engage.

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Andi Narvaez is one of the three organizers of TweetCamp San Antonio. She is an public relations account coordinator for KGBTexas Public Relations / Advertising in San Antonio, Texas and is also one of the three founders of the San Antonio Media/PR/Business Tweetup. She recently earned her degree in Communications and Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Trinity University. She is originally from Quito, Ecuador.

Attendee Spotlight: 10 questions with Tim Han

April 14, 2009 at 11:27 pm | Posted in Attendee Spotlight, San Antonio | 3 Comments
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Every Tuesday and Friday, we will feature a TweetCamp San Antonio attendee on the blog to give you an insight of the diverse group of people that have come together thanks to the micro-blogging services that are reinventing the way we do communications. Feel free to follow these people and get a head start on TweetCamp San Antonio. If you haven’t done so already, don’t forget to RSVP!

Introducing TweetCamp attendee @timhan

timhan

1. Who are you?

Tim Hanson or @timhan

2. What do you do?

Public relations and marketing.

3. Why social media?

Because even though it’s a rough time to make transitions, social media is the direction in which the world is moving now.

4. How do you use micro-blobbing services like Twitter for work/business?

I use them to keep up-to-date on issues of the day, world developments, stocks and local information. I’m a complete information junky – micro-blogging services like Twitter fit my A.D.D/A.D.H.D.-ness perfectly

5. How, if at all, do you use microbbling services for personal purposes?

Not yet.

6. Tell us a Twitter success story

I was writing a presentation about social media and its impact on society and, right about that time, @andinarvaez posted a link about Birmingham City University offering a new Master’s program in social media, which I used and highlighted during my presentation.

7. Twitter FAIL story? Lesson (s) learned?

None yet. But knock on wood…

8. Any additional words of wisdom?

I heart 140 characters or less (I think we should make t-shirts that say that).

9. [Cheating, three-part question] Your favorite Twitter follows? Why do you follow them? Have you ever met them?
@WSJ (Wall Street Journal), @DrudgeReport, @NYT, @Nickdonnelly, @samlerma, @colleenpence, @meghanstabler, @andinarvaez

The news Twitterers keep me up-to-date. The others provide relevant information about local news, Twitter and other social media updates (I’m a neophyte to Twitter). And yes, I actually met several of them at the San Antonio Media/PR/Business tweetup.

10. Your Twitter pet peeve?

To the people who are pushy about their marketing pyramid schemes I say, “thanks, but no.” Also, the people who are always reminding you to vote or take action on something – if I didn’t do it the first time, chances are I’m not going to do it even if you tell me 20 times. Reminder…less is more.

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Andi Narvaez is one of the three organizers of TweetCamp San Antonio. She is an public relations account coordinator for KGBTexas Public Relations / Advertising in San Antonio, Texas and is also one of the three founders of the San Antonio Media/PR/Business Tweetup. She recently earned her degree in Communications and Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Trinity University. She is originally from Quito, Ecuador.

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