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Texas Social Media Awards 2011.


Along the lines of this other post about being named one of the best tweeters on politics in Texas by the Washington Post, feeling a little embarrassed talking about myself for winning awards, I hesitate to even post this, but, since it's essentially just an acknowledgment of the hard work I have indeed put in over the past couple of years, I am excited to announce that, out of hundreds of nominees, I am one of the winners of the Texas Social Media Awards, presented by the Austin American-Statesman.

I am among great company, including friends I know in real life. Melissa Clouthier, a.k.a. @MelissaTweets, is someone you should be following, if you aren't already (which is unlikely, since it seems like the entire world follows her on Twitter). I've gotten to know Melissa over the past couple of years, and it's exciting to see her recognized for her contributions to the public discourse. She not only tweets, her blog, podcasts, and YouTube interviews make her a vital player in the conservative movement and in shaping the debate in Texas and nationally. Plus, she throws one heck of a party.

Melissa posted about the Texas Social Media Awards, and I am honored (and, again, slightly embarrassed) to be on the receiving end of such high praise:

One of my good friends, Will Franklin, who ran social media for Governor Perry and consults with many private industry and political folks about social media, was nominated for the same award as me:the Austin Statesman Social Media awards. When informed by a Statesman editor that I was one of the 25 winners, my first response was, cool! My second was, oh crap, what if Will didn’t win? I’ll feel guilty because he’s so good at what he does.

Thankfully, we both won. Congratulations to Will. If you don’t know his work, please learn of it. If you’re looking for the best social media guy in politics, Will is your man.


Thanks again to the Statesman. Congrats, Will! You’re #Winning! If you want to follow someone who has mastered the art and science of social media, follow @WILLisms. He’s the best.

Thanks, Melissa!

Another friend of mine, Drew Thornley, former colleague at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, was also awarded for his BBQ blog, Man Up Texas BBQ, which has become the go-to source for all things BBQ, especially tips on new spots everyone ought to try out.

Of hundreds of nominees, and 25 winners, if I had to predict the overall winner, I'd guess it'll be the Qrank team. That game can be thoroughly addictive, and it's one of the first, best social media trivia games out there.

I believe you can still add yourself to the wait list for the event this Thursday, March 10, 2011, at the brand new Austin City Limits theater in the W Hotel in downtown Austin.

Posted by Will Franklin · 7 March 2011 11:31 AM