Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2012 about Twitter and Social Media in Austin Convention Center

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Sunday 11th March 2012

  • Celebs & Causes: A Thin Line btwn #winning & #fail

    by Aria Finger, Kenna Zemedkun, Noopur Agarwal and Diana Walker

    Social media gives celebrities powerful new ways to mobilize millions to get involved in social causes – but it’s easy to get it wrong. On World AIDS Day 2010, Alicia Keys and a number of A-listers “digitally died,” calling on the public to resurrect them by donating $1M for HIV/AIDS initiatives. Was asking celebs to stop tweeting the best way to fight AIDS? Or was Dan Savage’s It Gets Better campaign a better approach, asking celebs and everyday people to use their social graph to address LGBT intolerance and bullying?

    Experts from media, non-profits and an actual celebrity will explore these and other cases that illuminate the power and pitfalls of using celebs for social good. Through the session, you will hear their insights on when, why and how to effectively engage talent to advance social causes -- as well as rookie mistakes to avoid. Join us for a discussion that will help you effectively harness the power of celebrity in your next digital pro-social campaign.

    At 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Sunday 11th March

    In Room 9ABC, Austin Convention Center

Monday 12th March 2012

  • The Not So Allied Forces of Social TV Comedy

    by Jon Burkhart and Will Saunders

    The US and UK have joined forces enough over the years, so with tweet-powered comedy, we Brits are going it alone. Sorry Team CoCo and Fallon. This talk’s all about what’s happening in the Mother Country when Twitter and Facebook fuel the funny on the telly. Why listen to us? From Monty Python to The Office, the BBC produces more comedy than any broadcaster in the world. But the web changed everything. What happens when Auntie Beeb focuses on developing new comedy talent from the web up? Or when it teams with social TV consultants like Urgent Genius to make immersive second-screen experiences? The keys to the next generation of Britcom are in the hands of TV viewers tapping on iPads. But what kind of TV comedy will that create? Hecklers, come one, come all. Sit in the front row and let us pick on you as we tell you about some experiments we've been doing with live comedy and social media including a live Twitter-powered experiment just for SXSW.

    At 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Monday 12th March

    In Room 12AB, Austin Convention Center