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Texas Social Media Awards Nominee Profile: Melissa Clouthier

The Austin American-Statesman is hosting the 2nd annual Texas Social Media Awards and several conservative social media professionals and enthusiast made the cut.

One of these conservative social media professionals to be honored by the Statesman as one of the Top 25 Social Media Users is Melissa Clouthier who I had the chance to meet at a skeet shoot with Governor Perry.  Like Will Franklin, I can assure you that Melissa has not sold out her conservative credentials to get this award.

The doves and clay pigeons of the Texas are lucky Melissa chose a keyboard rather than a shotgun.  If you are not following Melissa on twitter yet you are missing out, follow her @MelissaTweets.

Check out her work below, do you think she has what it takes to be the overall winner?

Here is the Statesman profile of Melissa.

MELISSA CLOUTHIER

Melissa Clouthier Self-submitted bio: Short version: Frazzled mom, alternative health doc, conservative libertarian blogger, columnist, podcaster, radio host, iPhone & Mac lover, fantasy reading geek. Long version: Too busy to write one!

Tonight: Texas Social Media Awards

Tonight the Austin American-Statesman is hosting the 2nd annual Texas Social Media Awards.  The 25 nominees represent a wide range of social media professionals and enthusiasts.

Tonight the grand champion of them all will be named.  Last year the overall winner was Josh Williams, the co-founder and CEO of Austin-based Gowalla, a location-based social networking app.

My prediction is that this year a social media user involved in politics will take the grand prize since social media played a such ground breaking role in this past years political campaigns and changed how campaigns will operate in the future based on the successes of this past cycle.

Last year more than 160 people were nominated by the public to be honored as the top 25 social media users in Texas, this year that number jumped to 358.  As this competition grows I expect more and more big firms and social media professionals to nominate themselves to gain exposure, like what is the current practice with Campaigns and Elections magazines annual political awards.

Texas Social Media Awards Nominee Profile: Will Franklin

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.

WILL FRANKLIN

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.”

* Will and I have worked together professionally in the past and currently do so on Representative Wayne Christian’s Texas Legislative Update videos.  But still, he rocks at what he does.

Texas Social Media Awards Nominee Profile: Trey Ratcliff

The Austin American-Statesman is hosting the 2nd annual Texas Social Media Awards.

One of the non political social media users that made it to the top 25 is Trey Ratcliff of Stuck In Customs HDR photography.  The Statesman profiled Trey below.  Since this is a blog about Texas Politics I will tie this post to Texas Politics by pointing out that Trey has some great pictures of the Texas Capitol and surrounding Austin landscape.

TREY RATCLIFF

Trey Ratcliff Self-submitted bio: Trey publishes StuckInCustoms.com, which is a site for unique photography from around the world. He loves social media. On Twitter, he has 8,502 followers; 8,500 of them are bots and two are his mom. His social media strategy is simple. He calls it 33/33/33. Thirty-three percent of his tweets are meant to inspire people with art that he has found from around the Web, 33 percent are used to connect people with others that they should know, and the last 33 percent are used to share his own latest photographic works and the stories that go with them. The final one percent? WILDCARD.

Judges’ comments: Trey has brought together a global community of HDR photographers on his blog stuckincustoms.com. Readers can escape through his vivid imagery and amusing tales of his voyages around the world. Plus, he’s funny.

The free event is sold out,  but 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.