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Look how time flies…

It’s been two months since my last post here, but I’ve been busy dropping content in other places across the web.

The first two weeks in March were consumed by planning, promoting and executing Providence Twestival with Jane Couto. It was Providence’s first Twestival and with the help of our attendees and sponsors we raised $400 for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. I’ve been really intrigued by the concept of social good for about a year now, closely following the Pepsi Refresh and Chase Community Giving campaigns. It was great to take a concept that has rejuvenated US communities, fed disaster victims across the word and raised our collective conscience and boil it down to a hyper-local level. In a few words… it was a great success!

I’ve also been working with Social Media Club Providence to plan our May event, Egypt’s Social Media Revolution with Dr. Richard Lobban. Dr. Lobban was on the ground in Egypt during the revolution and leveraged social media to document his experience there. Should be a fantastic event and I hope you can join us in person or by following the hashtag (#smcpvd). You can learn more about what the club has been up to on our Social Media Club blog (props to the Social Media Club team for the site redesign!).

And last, but certainly not least, I’ve been sharing some thoughts on social media on the (add)ventures blog. I’ve written about the importance of engaging CEO’s in brand social media strategies and how innovative brands are leveraging photo sharing applications like Instagram and Hipstamatic. Check out my posts there and read some thoughts from other talented (add)venturists on branding, marketing, design and video production.

In the coming weeks I will be taking some time to do some house cleaning here and post some new content for you to read, share and comment on.

What has kept you busy over the last two months?

Ditching the Laptop and Going Mobile for SXSW

So I promised I would unplug for tonight to make up for the constant plugging in I did for 6 days at South by Southwest (SXSW). I lied. I also promised I would be blogging during my time at SXSW. That also turned out to be a lie, but this quick post, my most recent lie to myself, is an attempt to make up for my previous to lie to myself, and of course, all of you.

I lugged my laptop all the way to Austin in hopes of churning out quick blog posts throughout the week. I soon realized my ten pound machine was too heavy to haul and its utter lack of battery life was just too painful to deal with, so I turned to my BlackBerry. This was was easy fodder for all my more Apple-minded friends, but I was rather impressed with its performance. Here are some of the highlights and low-lights of my SXSW BlackBerry experience.

The Highs:

1. FourSquare has a new Beta version for BlackBerries which I promptly downloaded my first night in Austin. I have been a little skeptical of geo-location platforms in the past, but I’m a total believer now. I was able to quickly add my friends through my Twitter account and had an instant network to connect with, most of whom were at SXSW. It helped my friends track me down as I made my way around town and helped me figure out which places and panels had the most to offer. The special SXSW badges were fun to collect too. There have been several articles in the last few days debating whether FourSquare, the better named opponent, or Gowalla, the hometown hero, were winning the hearts of SXSW-ers and most of them agree the jury is still out. From what I saw it seemed like FourSquare was the crowd favorite, but Gowalla doesn’t have a BlackBerry version so my perception may be skewed.

2. Typing that makes sense with a keyboard you can feel. This is my strongest argument for BlackBerry pride and it served me well during SXSW. I easily pumped out Tweets and emails while keeping my eyes glued to the speakers. My i-Phone-d counterparts were forced to keep their eyes glued to their phones if they hoped to end up with a first version of whatever they were typing that didn’t look like gibberish.

3. The mobile version of the SXSW site let me check my pre-made schedule on the go. Since the conference was sprawled out over the Convention Center and the Hilton (along with a couple of other locations) this was extremely useful. Google Maps gave me excellent walking directions to tasty lunch spots in between sessions.

The Lows:

1. Most of the panels that mentioned up and coming social media platforms only had mobile versions for the i-Phone. It made it difficult to follow the conversation since I couldn’t experience the app in real time. In fact, some panels required you to use i-Phone specific apps, like Hot Potato, to ask questions after the presentation. The idea was to move people off the more traditional SXSW-er platforms, like Twitter, and onto some new spaces,  but it definitely excluded parts of the crowd.

2. No blogging for me. The BlackBerry, and mobile experiences in general, are still very glitchy. I was worried about trying to blog from my phone and losing internet connection or having a frozen screen moment. Nothing worse than jamming out a post, just to have it snatched away by the tech abyss. So my mobile experience led to quick, spontaneous interaction, rather than lengthier blog posts.

3. Hmm. Don’t have one.

Tried to make it a balanced argument, but in general my mobile experience was awesome. I accomplished everything I needed to in a way that made sense for the fast paced environment of the conference. More posts to come tomorrow about the sessions I attended and some first year advice for anyone planning ahead for 2011.