Greetings From the Road

Summer Conference

Greetings from the road! We’re traveling today to sunny Indianapolis for the annual summer conference of the Alliance of Area Business Publications.

Once again, we expect this meeting of editors and publishers to focus heavily on the Internet, including reporting for it, staffing it and selling it. As niche publications, business newspapers and magazines enjoy major opportunities online and, on the whole, don’t face the tough economics that daily newspapers are struggling with. But we face some of the same challenges, particularly as we try to staff for print and online editorial operations and, of course, make a buck through ad sales and sponsorships.

During the conference, I’ll be on a panel about successful online products. And there will be other sessions on staffing the Web and search engine optimization.

Also: Indianapolis! Home of the NCAA, the Pacers and a certain annual auto race. Got any tips of what to do or where to eat? Let me know in comments. This is my first trip.

More posts on sessions, along with photos and hopefully video, later this week.


#LRTweetup: A 1-year Anniversary Video by @JeffDailey

Happy 1-year anniversary, #LRTweetup!

More, plus a wrap up of the anniversary event here.

And Don’t Forget the #LRTweetup #LRTweetie Awards!


The Tweeties, 5:30 p.m., May 18 at Juanita's in Little Rock

As we previously noted, tonight the the #LRTweetup community marks a full year of Tweetups at the first LRTweetie Awards, set for 5:30 p.m. at Juanita’s in Little Rock. If you can go, I’d highly recommend it. I’d planned on joining the crowd, but there’s other business that has me occupied.

Check it out. It’ll be big fun!

Another #LRTweetup: Join Us Next Week for the LRTweetie Awards!


The Tweeties, 5:30 p.m., May 18 at Juanita's in Little Rock

Can you believe it? The #LRTweetup community marks a full year of Tweetups a week from today at the first LRTweetie Awards, set for 5:30 p.m. May 18 at Juanita’s in Little Rock. You can RSVP right here, right now. Please do. We’d love to see you there!

Arkansas Business’ Sam Eifling, himself an avid Twitter, notes the event in this week’s Arkansas Business:

On May 18, the loose band of Twitter users who have made Little Rock Tweetups a monthly rite of beery canoodling are getting together at Juanita’s Cafe & Bar in Little Rock for the Little Rock Tweeties – an awards night to recognize the most clever and creative among this digital tribe. Organizers took nominations in such categories as “Best Twitter Conversationalist,” “Most Likely to Go on a Twitter Rampage” and “Tweet of the Year” on

The notion of handing out awards for tweeting makes you wonder just how interesting some people find their navels. But the entire tone of the enterprise has been tongue-in-cheek, and a nod to the bona fide human connections that the Tweetup crowd seems to have stumbled onto while trying to network.

Tonque-in-cheek indeed. This whole #LRTweetup enterprise was founded nearly on a lark. And you can read much more about the history of the event (in which I played a small role), plus other stories from the #LRTweetup community, right here from the people who lived it. Throughout the year, this ecosystem of 140-character oversharers has raised money for nonprofits, shared many thousands of MBs of information and helped cultivate a stronger, more connected business community. And this is just the start.

“We’re doing more than just throwing a party for a networking group that has provided a way to connect with colleagues and friends through social media,” said Keith Crawford, one of the founders of the LRTweetUp (@LRTweetUp). “We’re celebrating the creation and growth of a community that has transformed the way many professionals in Little Rock cultivate relationships, do business and promote advocacy and  goodwill initiatives through philanthropic efforts. The LRTweeties are a simple, light-hearted way of honoring that.”

The full news release, containing more event details after the jump. But first, take a stroll back in time with photos and coverage of our first #LRTweetup events.

The first event: Tonight’s the Night We Tweetup in Little Rock

Photos! Video! Scenes from a Little Rock Tweetup

The second event! It’s Upon Us! Tweetup at Capital Bar & Grill

Great success! Photos! Pics from the Second #LRTweetup

Fancy Name Tags! Twitter Widows! Pics from the Third #LRTweetup at Copper Grill

Twestival Day!

Me, on Twitter: @LT

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We’re So Jealous! Follow These Arkansans at #SXSWI

Emily Reeves and Charles Crowson

Emily Reeves (@reeves501) talks via Skype from Austin to Today's THV This Morning's Charles Crowson.

So this is happening.

The opening day of the South by Southwest Festival’s Interactive conference — coupled with pre-order day of the Apple iPad — make today, Friday March 12th, perhaps the geekiest day of the year! And you certainly don’t want to miss out on that, do you? Of course you don’t!

Fortunately, we’ve got Arkansas Tweeple on the ground in Austin, Texas, home of #SXSW. Among them, Emily Reeves of Stone Ward of Little Rock, who’s tweeting and Skyping from the event. This morning, live from Austin, she checked in with Today’s THV This Morning’s Charles Crowson to give us an overview of what’s happening at this year’s event.

We expect more updates via her @Reeves501 Twitter account and her personal blog, Ms. Adverthinker, where she’s already posted her insane schedule, which we kinda hope is really only for keeping up appearances. There’s not near enough time in there for boozing and partying and geeking it up with fellow geeks, which is really what SXSW is all about, right? Right.

Also in town, another friend of the blog, Bryan Jones and Wade Austin, both of CJRW of Little Rock. Both are tweeting from there as well, and Jones will be providing daily wrap-ups on his blog,

Any other Arkansas Twitterers in Austin at the festival? Let me know, and I’ll list them here.

So what’s on tap for Friday? You can the full schedule here, which includes seminars on pay TV vs. the Internet, developing apps for iPhone, Internet analytics, Web typography, Gen Y entrepreneurs, social media marketing for business and much more.

You can also expect the usual complaining about AT&T’s inadequate data network as thousands of iPhone-equipped geeks jockey for bandwidth during the entire event. You’ll also hear lots about Foursquare this year, as everyone checks in at every conceivable site in Austin. And, as Emily notes in the video above, folks will be waiting to hear what Twitter co-founded Ev Williams has to say about his coming revenue model for the microblogging service.

Of course, the elephant in the room, the phantom hanging over the entire proceedings, is the Apple iPad, which won’t even hit the streets for another month. Nevertheless, it will likely dominate most chatter at the event.


Ah, Austin. How we love you!

It’s Twestival Day in the Rock: Event at Clinton Library to Benefit Reach Out and Read Arkansas

Twestival! Click to get tickets

Twestival! Click to get tickets

Today is Twestival Day!

Little Rock is among several cities across the country taking part in this Twitter-based fund-raiser for nonprofits. In Arkansas, the Little Rock Twestival benefits Reach Out and Read Arkansas, which works to promote literacy through early intervention.The group trains doctors and nurses to advise parents about the importance of reading aloud to their children and to give books to children at pediatric check-ups.

The organizers of our very own #LRTweetups are presenting tonight’s event, taking place at 5:30 at the Clinton Presidential Library. Admission is $10 and a book for a child. You can get your tickets now here. It’ll promises to be a fun, #LRTweetup-like evening to benefit a great organization.


Natalie Ghidotti blogs for books in celebration of today’s Twestival


LR Twestival coverage from all over – including London!

Essential Info

LRTweetup Presents Twestival!
Tweet. Meet. Give.

When: Sept. 10, 5:30 p.m.

Where: Clinton Presidential Library

Why: To support Reach Out and Read Arkansas

Tickets: $10 and a children’s book

Online tickets:

More: The Little Rock Twestival is just one of 46 events taking place across the country between Sept. 10-13 as part of the nationwide Twestival movement. A Twestival, or Twitter-Festival, is a global series of events organized by volunteers around the world under short timescales, in which people meet offline for one night, have fun and raise money for a local cause. More information about the national movement can be found at

RORA currently has four clinics that have applied for acceptance into its program, but the nonprofit is unable to provide the resources to begin distributing books in these clinics. Twestival can change that! We’re asking everyone, not just people in the Twitter community, to help us raise money and collect books for this important cause!

Here’s to the Twestival! Natalie Ghidotti and Her Favorite Childhood Book

As we mentioned early, Arkansas bloggers are supporting next week’s nonprofit fund-raiser, the “Twestival,” by blogging about their favorite children’s book — this, in honor of the Twestival’s beneficiary, Reach Out and Read Arkansas.

Alex Cone and Tsudo are among those blogger their beloved books. Kyran Pittman has her own post here. And since we didn’t read books when we were kids, we recruited ol’ pal Natalie Ghidotti to do the honors for us!

After the jump, Natalie talks about her favorite childhood read, “The Twirly Skirt” by Martha Goldberg. Also: More about next week’s Twestival and how you can get involved.

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