SXSW Day Four Recap

This is post 3 of 5 in the SXSW 2012 series

The city of Austin has again been a great host for SXSW 2012. Once the rain came to an end and the sun came out, all of those associated with this great event, from attendees to street vendors to pedi-cab drivers, took to the streets to enjoy what Austin has to offer.  A major part of SXSW goes on after the sessions have ended.  It is all about networking, as well as the exchanging of thoughts and ideas with people from across the world.


Connecting is the word that best describes SXSW.  It is all about connecting, not only in person, but also throughout the online space. Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram have been essential to that process.

Twitter, first and foremost, has been the number one tool for keeping in touch with where the best events are located, how to take advantage of specials deals, and last minute event invites. While Facebook has allowed me to share thoughts and ideas with friends back home and around my network, Instagram has been the perfect complement, allowing me to enhance the Facebook experience by not only sharing pictures with friends and family, but also adjusting them directly from my smartphone.


Today is the last day of SXSW Interactive and while I am sad to see it come to an end, I am ready to get back to work and put some of the things that I have learned and experienced to practical use. There are a lot of great connections that I have made that will be beneficial in moving forward and helping make the interactive experience a useful tool for people in their everyday lives.  Through SXSW, valuable global relationships are formed that tie us all together in a positive way.

What are some apps that you use to stay connected with friends and family? Leave your comment below  and we will pick two random comments to get a great prize!

One comment/entry per person. Contest begins at 2:00 pm CST on March 13, 2012 and ends at 1:59 pm CST on March 14, 2012. Winner will be chosen randomly by RadioShack and announced after 2:00 pm CST on March 14, 2012.

No payment or purchase necessary to win. Neither a purchase nor payment will improve your chances of winning. While you’re pretty cool in our book, you are not a winner of this contest yet. Void where prohibited. Must be a resident of the 50 United States to win.

Updated 3/14/12: Thanks to everyone for commenting! Congrats to Carolina D. and Monica for winning! 

This is post 3 of 5 in the SXSW 2012 series


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  • Carolina Dhabolt

    Main app I use to stay connected with my family is Skype, I have alot of family in Mexico and it’s the only way I have to see them for now. Also love windows live messenger :)

  • Kenia

    I use the facebook and twitter app to stay in touch with my family.

    twitter has to be my favorite, it is so easy to keep in touch with everything.

    I’m so glad you had the opportunity to attend SXSW, it sure looks like you had a lot of fun!!!

  • R. Casey

    I use Talkatone on my tablet since I can’t get the hang of texting on a phone.

  • Angie Mascaro

    I use Facebook. Great to catch up on happenings and see everyone’s fun new pics! :)

  • Jade

    I use an app called twicca (for twitter) to stay connected to my friends & family.

  • Elden

    Twitter for short thoughts and news links, Facebook for family and close friends, and google+ for more in-depth tech articles from people in my industry.

    Thanks for the chance to win something cool!

  • Monica

    I use instagram the most – I love watching the lives of my friends and family unfold in pictures! Plus the filters make them a little more fun!

    I also use facebook quite a bit and upload pics on a regular basis! I’m huge into photography and love to capture my kids’ lives to share with friends!

  • Lauren

    Twitter, facebook, and skype! Can’t live without them!

  • Kim C

    I use the facebook and twitter app! those are the 2 that do wonders for staying up to date with family & friends!

  • Dana J Valle

    I use facebook to keep up with family out of state. I also use heywire for free texting my hubby and kids . My favorite app however is twitter. Love @Radioshack tweets .

  • AJ

    Twitter and Facebook are my main apps. Trying to get myself to migrate to google+ since I love google.
    Thanks for the giveaway!!

  • Marilyn

    Facebook is how I connect with family and close friends.

  • kim

    I have started to use google hangouts. I also use FB and twitter.

  • Li

    I use the Facebook and Google Talk app to stay connected with friends and family

  • Andrew

    Twitter the most… Like to be able to quickly say what’s on my mind and see what my friends are thinking

  • Abbie

    Skype! Best way to keep in touch!

  • Sean S

    I use Google chat, twitter and Facebook mostly.

  • larry J

    My apps are Facebook, IM, and twitter.

  • Kay Z

    I use twitter & facebook to stay in touch

  • Carolina Dhabolt

    I received my prize yesterday, thank you so much! ♥