PREVIEW: Facebook Factors Into Most SXSW Events

It’s that time of year again, when Facebook news feeds become clogged with posts from the hipster enclave of Austin, Texas, otherwise known as the home of the annual South by Southwest festival.

While the technology portion of SXSW runs from March 9 through March 13, 2012, social media factors into nearly all of the 5,000-plus events, including the music and film sessions.

Using the official SXSW Facebook page, we’ve culled highlights from among the various panels, talks and parties.

@TV Engagement: Does Social Media Drive TV Ratings?

Friday, March 9, 2 p.m., Omni Downtown, Capital Ballroom

This panel will explore (and hopefully answer) what is the measurement of success in multi-screen viewing.

The Future Of Social Lounge

Friday, March 9, 1 p.m.

IBM is hosting this half-day event that explores question, “How socially forward is your business?”

But Hasn’t Politics Always Been Social?

Sunday, March 11, 12:30 p.m AT&T Conference Hotel, Salon B

Facebook D.C. is heading to Austin to lead this session, which aims to explain why “social” isn’t a new phenomenon and how 2012 can become the year of the “social campaign.”

Apps And Beer With Facebook

Monday, March 12, 3 p.m., Invite Only, Facebook’s Austin headquarters

This invitation-only event doesn’t promise to make news, but does offer beer, food, and of course, “apps” and partners.

5 Reasons You Should Stop Investing In Facebook

Monday, March 12, 11:15 a.m., Hyatt Regency Austin, Texas Ballroom 4-7

The schedule describes Facebook brand pages as resembling, “online ghost towns with engagement that consists of mere small talk and fake smiles.”To make matters worse, Facebook went from a friendly handhold to a ruthless chokehold of world-wide-web domination.

Pinterest Speaks Up

Tuesday, March 13,11 a.m., Austin Convention Center, Ballroom D

Just added to the schedule is Pinterest founder Ben Silberman. He will be interviewed by Chris Dixon, co-founder and CEO of Hutch.

Social Media Band Camp

Wednesday, March 14, 2 p.m., Austin Convention Center, Ballroom G

This panel discussion talks about how to promote music using social media.
There are myriad Facebook pages devoted to every aspect of SXSW, from parties to music and everything in between.
What are your SXSW plans, readers?

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