As a monthly columnist for the San Antonio "Express-News," I'm fortunate to write about PR and Social Media and how people in our local community are using these mediums in creative and meaningful ways.
Today's column focuses on the upcoming holiday season, when we give thanks and give gifts of many types and in many forms. In this case, the article cites Steve Julian, who is helping to raise $100,000.00 for his wife, Holly's upcoming lung transplant operation. Here's links to those cited and other sources you can learn from to do social good. Hugs for Holly - main site BMPR - a group of 150 amazingly nice and smart people who get together once a month to share and exchange ideas on PR and Social Meida
Jeff Pulver talks about serendipity and the meeting of chance via social platforms like twitter.
En route to the Mashable party during the 140 Characters Conference, I heard about a Vienna Hot Dog place at the Highland Mall that was offering a 10% discount to anyone from the event. I was hungry, and being that Vienna hot dot dogs are super good, I stopped by and had a bite to eat.
After finished eating, in walks Peter Hirshberg.
We've never met before, but we started to talk about the fact that the proprietor of this establishment just got on twitter and noticed an increase in business as the result of those of us being at the conference. Peter and I start speaking, and then a spark happens. Peter gets out his video camera and I get out mine. On the fly, he does this interview and social commentary with me holding both cameras.
Andrew Mueller is a consultant who helps CEO's and big companies deepen their relationships with customers using Social Media strategies. Yes, this is a bit odd, doing an interview in the men's room at the Kodak Theater, but when you think about it, any room in this place has a bit of history. Yes this interview took place in the men's room at the Kodak Theater during the 140 Characters Conference. We did it because it was a quiet (and sort of historic) venue.
Shira Lazar talks about the State of Now, and the use of the social web for building personal brands and celebrity. Shira currently hosts Mahalo's "This Week in YouTube," and video blogs for CondeNaste's pop culture travel guide and is a journalist on Travel Channel's upcoming "Confessions of a Travel Writer. Shira was a great speaker at the 140 Characters Conference / LA, sharing her insights with Stephanie Michaels and Amy Martin on the making of Internet (twitter) personalities.
Debbie Weil Debbie Weil, aka the MonaLisaOfBlogging.com, is a corporate blogging and online communications consultant and the author of the forthcoming "The Corporate Blogging Book: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know to Get It Right" for Penguin Portfolio (2006).