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Planning for South-By

Posted on Mar 11, 2010 by billsimmon in community media, Digital Culture, Life of Bill, people I want to get drunk with, social media, sxsw, the nerd life, vermont | 4 Comments

I’m heading out for SXSW first thing tomorrow morning. This is the fourth time I’ve attended the film and interactive festival and conference and it’s always a logistical nightmare figuring out what panels and sessions I want to get to and what films I want to see, but this year is especially complicated and exciting for three important reasons…

1. I’m presenting this year, which means there’s an added level of nervousness and excitement right there. Plus I have to, you know, prepare for that.

2. A TON of Vermonters are going this year, which is awesome. I remember back in 2006 when it was just me, a couple of jerks from Union Street Media (I kid, they are my best SXSW buds) and one lone staffer from Norwich University. Now it’s a party, by jeezum crowbar! The added local social scene is awesome, but requires more social organizing.

3. Social media is actually really useful this time. Last time I went to SXSW was two years ago when I was but a Twitter noob. Now I have a Twitter list devoted to SXSWers and it’s much easier to keep tabs on folks’ comings and goings, BUT it also means that on top of all of the usual organizing and schedule-making, I have to organize my social media life. And yes, I’d like some cheese with my whine.

If you’re going to be in Austin this weekend, you can stalk me in the following ways:

Now I have to go pack!



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  1. Um, I know I didn’t go to the film and interactive part, but are you forgetting that we TOTES hung out @ SXSW in 2006? We went to see Patton Oswalt and the Comedians of Comedy and saw a new-on-the-scene Aziz Ansari and a before-they-had-a-hit-tv-show Flight of the Conchords! w00t!!! (wait do people still say “w00t!”?)

  2. On March 11, 2010, billsimmon said:

    I tell people about that Comedians of Comedy show all the time. What a great line-up! And you are from VT but you were coming from Cali on that trip, so I didn’t include you in the “Vermonters” category.

  3. On March 11, 2010, billsimmon said:

    And actually, now that I think of it Jay Craven premiered Disappearances that year too so he and some VT film commission folks were there as well. I’m old and my memory isn’t what it once was.

  4. Yeah, I know I know, I’m not “VT Official” anymore…one thing I do remember also is that we were both pretty nonplussed by FOTC…it was pretty “meh.” Who knew that they would take over the world?

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