Third Thursday Program

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“What Social Media Can Do for You: Facebook, MySpace, and Other Emerging Online Media”

with Omar L. Gallaga, Amanda McGuckin Hager & Talmadge Boyd

7 PM the Third Thursday of the Month
Writers’ League Office, 611 S. Congress Ave., Ste. 130

Omar L. Gallaga is a technology culture reporter for the Austin American-Statesman and a regular contributor to NPR’s “All Things Considered.” He is also a blogger on NPR’s “All Tech Considered” blog. He writes and produces videos for the Statesman’s Digital Savant blog, NBC/Universal’s Television Without Pity Web site and his own sites including, People Dancing At Concerts and “Space Monkeys!” a Web comic he created with his brother, Pablo. In addition to his tech journalism and Web writing, he’s also worked as a writer and performer with Austin’s award-winning Latino Comedy Project and ME TV’s “The Almost Late Show With Bobby Bones” and has also written for Hispanic magazine, the Tulsa World and the Wall Street Journal.

Amanda McGuckin Hager is high-tech marketing professional who focuses on tactical intelligence for Marketing Programs. As an enthusiast of online tools, services and vendors, Amanda is always testing new ways to drive to objectives and increase ROI. In 2010, she was on SXSW Interactive’s Advisory Board, was elected for a 2nd time to the American Marketing Association – Austin Chapter Board of Directors, and was a nominee for the Texas Social Media Award. Follow her on Twitter under her user name @shoogie (it’s a nickname; she’ll tell you about it at the program).

Talmadge Boyd @Talmadge has been building businesses around online communities since the late nineties. After running a bumper sticker company with a small group of angry, suburban white kids, he attended Acton Business School to learn how to bring his love of community involvement to business and received an MBA in Entrepreneurship. Since graduating he’s used internet marketing to rapidly prototype and sell, a social CRM application, in under three months. Currently, he’s a partner at Reel Social Media, a web video production, search marketing, and content strategy company based in Austin, Texas.

Before the program, join us from 5 – 7 PM for Happy Hour at Doc’s Motorworks, 1123 S. Congress Ave., a few blocks down the street from the WLT office.


The South by WLT Sidewalk Book Sale!

Thursday, March 18, 1-6:30 p.m.
in the WLT Office Parking Lot, 611 South Congress

In lieu of our usual Doc’s Happy Hour, the League is taking advantage of the beautiful March weather and the great energy of SXSW for our first annual sidewalk book sale!

After the SXWLT Sidewalk Book Sale, come join us for our Third Thursday “Build Your Buzz” Series program “Establishing Your Online Identity: Building a Web Site and the Importance of Blogging” with guest panelists Nettie Hartsock, Jimmy Flannigan, and tech guru Thomas Umstattd Jr. at 7 p.m.

If you have any gently used books you would like to donate to the League for our sidewalk sale, please drop them off at the office on or after Monday, March 8. Also, if anyone is interested in volunteering for the event, please contact us at or 512-499-8914.

We look forward to seeing you there!