The Austin American-Statesman is hosting the 2nd annual Texas Social Media Awards and several conservative social media professionals and enthusiast made the cut.
Yes, the Austin American-Statesman is honoring conservative social media users, who would of thought. For those distrustful people out there, yes I know it is circumspect that the Statesman is honoring “conservatives”, but I actually personally know a couple of them and can vouch for them that they did not sell out their conservative credentials to get this award.
One of these conservative social media professionals to be honored by the Statesman as one of the Top 25 Social Media Users is Will Franklin who can be found keeping it classy daily at www.Willism.com. Between you, me and my 5 daily readers Will is my dark horse candidate for the overall winner of the 2nd Annual Texas Social Media Awards.
Will was Governor Perry’s Director of New Media and helped lead Perry to victory in a brutal Republican primary and then helped Perry dominate his democratic general election opponent, partly by painting him online as “Liberal Bill.”
One thing Will did not do for Governor Perry’s campaign is update the Governor’s personal twitter account, @GovernorPerry. While other campaigns and candidates were using the candidates personal twitter account as an attack dog, Will and Team Perry went another way. Will was social media savvy enough to advise Perry to use his twitter account as a way for voters to see inside the Governor’s personal life and show a softer, more human side of him that voters would not of been able to easily see without the use social media.
Another thing social media related Will has never done is call himself a “social media ninja.”
Here is the Statesman profile of Will Franklin.
Self-submitted bio: Will served as Director of New Media & Research at Texans for Rick Perry. He guided a team that crafted online messaging, directed online fundraising, and engaged supporters in grassroots efforts for Texas Governor Rick Perry’s 2010 re-election campaign. Will created the vast majority of Governor Rick Perry’s reelection campaign web videos in both the primary campaign and the general election. Will also created most written and video content for WashingtonKay.com, LiberalBill.com, and RickPerry.org. Will designed social media training for “Team Perry” staffers, and created the successful “Perry Blogger Summit” and other blogger outreach and training programs with hundreds in attendance. Will managed the Governor Perry Facebook account, the @GovPerry2010 Twitter account, and is also credited with getting @GovernorPerry addicted to “tweeter.”