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Austin Social Media- Live Social Media Capital of the World

26 January 2009 | social-media | 39 Comments

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Austin Social Media’s Top 100

If you’re living in a cave and didn’t yet know it, Austin is the Live Social Media Capital of the World and has been looked to by others as the pioneers of the new media space. Below, we’ve listed 100 innovators in Austin and encourage you to look into them all. If you’d like to connect with us (and we totally want you to), click here.

Austin Marketing & PR

Austin Radio, TV, Film, Art, Journalism

Austin Non-Profit & Advocacy

Austin Technology

Austin Retail & Sales

Austin Recruiting & Human Resources

Austin Real Estate & Finances

Austin Parenting

Austin Observations

Coworking, Austin Startups

There are plenty more people involved in the new media scene in Austin and you’re welcome to add names in the comments. Be sure to connect with us and to check out all of the upcoming Austin events!

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32 Comments for this entry

  • jessica mullen
    January 26th, 2009 on 11:12 am

    thank you lani, for the mention. i love the title of this post–it’s so true! this is a great starter guide to the austin web community. never before have i been part of such a technologically active city! looking forward to making some new contacts :]

  • Jack Leblond
    January 26th, 2009 on 11:55 am

    Thanks for the plug. There’s a good chance I’d still be just another geek in a cube nobody’s heard of if not for you and Benn – THANK YOU!

  • Aaron Strout
    January 26th, 2009 on 1:33 pm

    Lani – awesome list (and thank you for including Ryan, me, and Powered). I’ve saved this on del.icio.us and bookmarked it locally for reference material on my laptop.

    Aaron | @aaronstrout

  • Jim Cahill
    January 26th, 2009 on 1:38 pm

    Great list, Lani!

    In the Austin Technology category, I’d like to offer two Emerson blogs in a “Process Automation” subcategory. I author the Emerson Process Experts blog (www.EmersonProcessXperts.com) and Greg McMillan & Terry Blevins author the Modeling and Control blog (www.modelingandcontrol.com).

    Take it easy, Jim

  • Aaron Bramley
    January 26th, 2009 on 2:04 pm

    Thanks for including me on the list, Lani. It’s truly great to be within 1,000 pixels of so many great communicators.


  • Matt Reyes
    January 26th, 2009 on 2:09 pm

    Haha. How did I end up on there? Thanks for the mention. Gracias! :)

  • Jeff Beckham
    January 26th, 2009 on 2:13 pm

    Thanks for including me with such great folks, Lani. This is a terrific resource for local folks. I appreciate your putting it together. Hopefully, we’ll see you at one of the upcoming events in Austin (Twestival, SXSW).

  • Alex S. Jones
    January 26th, 2009 on 2:28 pm

    Thanks for compiling such a great list and for including me on it Lani! I wish we had a chance to catch up at the Geek Austin party last week. It’s been too long.


    Alex @BaldMan Jones

  • Kerri Qunell
    January 26th, 2009 on 2:52 pm

    Hey, thanks for the mention! Anything to get more eyes – and, ultimately, hands – on the work we’re doing at the Food Bank is much appreciated. TY! – Kerri Q.

  • Ryan Joy
    January 26th, 2009 on 2:55 pm

    Definitely a great list showcasing the best our city has to offer, Lani. I’m flattered you included me!

  • Kim Haynes
    January 26th, 2009 on 3:07 pm

    Appreciate being honored and selected in the HR / Recruiting category. Social Media rocks!

    And . . . shameless plug . . . if you know anyone interested in working in the stock market industry send them my way!

    Kim Haynes
    Recruiting Specialist
    Kershner Trading Group

  • Cesar Torres
    January 26th, 2009 on 3:21 pm

    I don’t live under a rock! Thanks for the shout out Lani. This is seriously an awesome list. There’s still quite a few folks I need to meet on it. I’m going to stalk all of you.

  • Greg
    January 26th, 2009 on 3:41 pm

    I think you might have dropped the ball in the Journalism category by forgetting Eileen Smith. @EileenTXMo – http://www.texasmonthly.com/blogs/inthepink/

  • Nichole Tips
    January 26th, 2009 on 4:01 pm

    Great list, Lani! Thanks for including me/TAASA.

  • Mando
    January 26th, 2009 on 4:05 pm

    What, no Taco category? Ha! Well thanks for the nonprofit props!


  • Rennie
    January 26th, 2009 on 6:57 pm

    Although austin 2.0 is not listed, I’m very excited to now have a comprehensive list of Austin’s top social media resources. Keep ’em coming! Oh yes …and please visit http://www.austin20.biz …my social networking community for information on all things “social media” media in Austin.

  • Josh Dilworth
    January 26th, 2009 on 9:34 pm

    Lani and team — Awesome list, and sincere thanks for the shout-out, I really appreciate it. Methinks that Twitter should invent the equivalent of OPML files for follower lists so that I can import in batches as per above (Austin Retail, Austin HR, etc.) Anyway — great work, and we’ve been perusing the list all day;)

  • Jen Wojcik
    January 27th, 2009 on 12:48 am

    Lani and Benn,

    Thank you so much for including me in this awesome list! How blessed we are to live in such an open and communicative city!

    You guys are sweethearts!

    Pretty cool to be the only recruiting agency here!

    Ya’ll shout if I can help you! http://www.youguru.net :-) (OK…did that ’cause Kim did…she’s a heck raiser ya know)



  • Aruni
    January 27th, 2009 on 6:48 am

    Hi Lani – Thanks for the mention! I’m honored to be included in the list! It can’t believe it’s been so long since we last saw each other…

  • Chris Bailey
    January 27th, 2009 on 10:57 am

    Lani and all, this was a nice surprise and humbling to find myself among such good company here. Its the social relationships we form that make all the difference. Cheers! ~Chris

  • Dane Hurtubise
    January 27th, 2009 on 12:19 pm

    Hey Lani, thanks a bunch for including me in this list! Go Austin!

  • Sarah Vela
    January 28th, 2009 on 2:03 pm

    Hey! Thanks for including me on the list. I had no idea – I’m in an influenza fog at the moment. :)

    This is some fine company to be in, indeed.

  • Deirdre Walsh
    January 29th, 2009 on 11:12 am

    Thanks for giving me and the B2B world some love on this list. Hope to see you offline sometime soon.

  • @ggroovin
    January 31st, 2009 on 8:42 pm

    Wow! Nice work. I’m thrilled you included me, Lani, & honored to be amongst such excellent local luminaries.

    Unfortunately, must let ya know that John McElhenney (@jmacofearth) is no longer at Dell as of yesterday. He’s exploring his next opportunity, so if ya hear of something interesting in the Social Media space please let him know.

    Oh, and Eugene Hsu hasn’t been at Dell since last year. He’s now at Challenge Games. Of course, still taking great photos of all of us at Social Media events… 😉

    Take care & see ya around soon!

    — Ricardo Guerrero

    P.S. Got some cool projects in the works I hope will get me noticed in the Marketing/PR or Startup sections next time. hehe ;D
    (Stwittergy & another one that’s in stealth mode but has to do with @AustinTweets.)

    Just noticed @JoshuaBaer doesn’t appear to be on your list. He’s behind OtherInbox.com & some Austin startup initiatives, so would be in Technology or Startups also. Plus, he just got a bright orange Tesla electric sports car, so if ya see one around that’s probably him!

    There’s also Kevin Koym’s co-conspirator at Tech Ranch, @JonasLamis.

  • @ggroovin
    January 31st, 2009 on 9:21 pm

    Oh, 2 more:

    @LionelatDell (Lionel Menchaca) is Dell’s chief blogger, a super nice guy, & pretty active on Twitter.

    @incslinger (Simon Salt) blogs & consults about Social Media & Twitter.

    BTW- It was @LPT’s (Laura Thomas) birthday on Thurs & tomorrow (Sunday) is @RichardatDell’s (Richard Binhammer) b-day. Be sure to wish ’em well. 😉

  • Jon Ray
    February 4th, 2009 on 1:34 pm

    (blushes) thanks. 😉

  • Paul Terry Walhus
    February 6th, 2009 on 5:31 pm

    Wow, thanks for including me in this list. There are a great group of people in this list and it took some work to compile it and nail down the categories.

  • Keith Elkins
    February 8th, 2009 on 9:45 pm

    Please add me to your Austin-Social Media List – Social Media / PR


  • Scott Allen
    February 11th, 2009 on 8:18 pm

    *sigh* – how quickly one’s reputation fades… umm… I only wrote the book on online networking. 😉


  • Mike Chapman
    February 14th, 2009 on 8:59 am

    Lani and Benn – It’s an honor to be included with everyone listed here. Thank you very much.


  • Kay Bell
    June 30th, 2012 on 4:45 pm

    thanks for including me, but… link to my blog, Don’t Mess With Taxes, is wrong. Correct URL is http://dontmesswithtaxes.typepad.com/

  • Benn Rosales
    June 30th, 2012 on 9:55 pm

    Kay, we’ll change the link, especially since this article is over three years old! :) Cheers!

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