Third Thursday Program


“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 Terribly-Happy.com, 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 www.sweetping.com, 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.

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