Join the fun at #usXsw!

It’s that time of year again. SXSW is in full swing (almost) down in Austin, Texas. I remember the first time I heard about SXSW. It was back during my Lost fangirl days, and a friend of mine got to meet Dominic Monaghan down there. And Elijah Wood. We’re still friends, but it was rocky for awhile. Little did I know that just a few years later, SXSW time would become a much talked-about social media orgy! I meant…conference. Conference. But here we are.

Sadly, I could not make it down to SXSW this year. Part of it may have been that I didn’t really try. But I know that a lot of people are feeling sort of listless knowing that this weekend is going to be filled with drunken tweets from the heart of Texas, and gosh..what can the rest of us do?

Well, fret no more, my friends. Jeannette Baer and Joseph Ruiz have you 100% covered. The second annual Twitter event – #usXsw – is about to begin!

What is #usXsw?

The #usXsw even takes the heart and soul of the #usguys group and ramps it up to SXSW caliber. Starting on Friday, March 9 and lasting on through to Sunday the 11th, you will find lots of great stuff happening in this stream, including chats led by some of the best people around, trivia games, prizes, and some plugs for charities and social good. And that’s not all. You can do it all from the comfort of your own home. You can even wear your PJs! Now really, what could be better than participating in a SXSW type-event in your jammies? I can’t think of hardly anything.

As for me, I will be heading up a discussion on Saturday night from 8 PM till 10 PM EST. Our topic will be how storytelling brings together communities and and helps businesses. Yep – some things in the online world can accomplish both things. Is that crazy or what?!?

If you want to follow the schedule of events, just keep your eyes glued to the #usXsw stream, and bookmark the UsXsw site for information.

Hope to see you in this virtual realm of awesomeness. If you stop by, make sure you tip your hat to Jeannette (@myagenda) and Joseph (@smsJoe) because they put a LOT of work into this baby. And thank the loverly sponsors, too. Cuz they rock!

Got it? Get it? Good!

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I am here at SXSW, having an awesome time and have been tweeting for uSxsw. Check me out on Twitter Fierce_living for all the latest. 


Margie, what a great post.  I am really looking forward to your session as well as the others.  Working with you and Jeannette is always a treat for me.  @Jeannette Baer Jeannette said it so well this really is a group effort.  The topic and host line up this year is global in scope and contribution, cool sponsors and lots of fun.  I am especially grateful for the added dimension of the charity focus, great opportunity to use this time to help others. 


So let's get the party started!  You folks rock.



Jeannette Baer
Jeannette Baer

Thank you Margie for this great post and for all the kind words you have for us! While this idea came from my not being able to attend SXSW and always feeling like the only girl not allowed in the playground, the idea was quickly adopted by all of us!

It takes a great group of people to make this happen and THAT we have plenty of. We have an abundance of talent, intelligence, wittiness, and camaraderie. How can we fail?  We are proud to be able to bring this conference live to others that will not be attending SXSW and stoked about shining the light on invaluable hosts like you!    

It's always a pleasure to work on anything with Joe Ruiz, he brings so much to the table; his organizational skills and knowledge allows us to be successful - I have so much respect for him and honored to call him friend.


PS: We can't forget our sponsors! Companies such as Hootsuite & Grooveshark, have been behind us since the beginning. BIG thanks to all, we couldn't do it without their support!