Hurricane Gustav Comes to the Gulf, Invited or Not

1978 shipwreck
Originally uploaded by eschipul

As I type this, Hurricane Gustav is approaching
the coast of Louisiana, New Orleans has been evacuated, and Texas to
Alabama are on watch. It has not made land fall yet, but social media
mavens are supporting solutions ahead of time. Social context charges forward, Obama made history and McCain inexplicably chose Palin as a running mate. And Palin rumors are spreading.

But what started this blog? It was being incensed by the crappy response to Hurricane Katrina. And a simple blog post saying, in 2005, that we don’t have an "RSS for emergencies that is widely accepted." From my Emergency RSS post:

To that end I want to state that we need a simplified RSS type system
to track data in an emergency.  No one site can handle all emergency
response.  Even if it could it would create a single point of failure.
We need something as simple as RSS, call it emergency RSS or ERSS, to
handle the needs that arise in an emergency.

It’s pretty clear I was a newbie blogger. No outbound links, but the
thoughts still hold, and the need still has not been met. The post on Emergency RSS continues:

With Katrina, which hit in 2005, what I observed were numerous sites
heroically put up, only to go down once they were picked up by the
blogosphere and the media.  Go here for help “¦ everyone does globally
including the curious from other countries “¦. Server dies.  Nobody gets
help.  Next site is suggested.  Repeat the process.
I am not inventing anything here.  I am just screaming that we should have this in place for times of crisis already.

Since 2005 many many things in my life have gotten progressively better. But my original call to action for blogging is still unmet. And CAPS (Common Alerting Protocol)
is just too complex. If only Dave Winer lived in New Orleans, THEN we
would have a simple solution. Perhaps I am unfit for the task on this
one given it is now three years later.

In closing, thoughts, prayers and good wishes for the folks in the path of Gustav. Stay safe!

Note: That photo? It is a shipwreck blown ashore by a hurricane in 1978 in Dominica. The ship is still there. Not only have the lessons not been learned, but the ship remains on shore. Sad really.

Houston SXSW Panels – Can You Spare a Vote (and a comment?)

Voting ends tomorrow (Friday) the 29th of August 2008 for SXSW 2009. If you have a minute and like the topics, a vote would be truly appreciated!

Personal Branding for Profit and

Social Media for NonProfit Rockstars

HappyKatie also has two panels submitted:
Strategic PR for Social Media Geeks and Heart Your Peeps – Build Your Business From Within

@deneyterrio has two panels submitted:
Is Your Company Blog Cheating On You and one with Reggie called My Life With NF in Web 2.0 

The Houston crew has a bunch of sxsw panels submitted and they are all listed here. But there is a catch. Less than 24 hours of voting left! And commenting – comments are GREATLY appreciated! Houston Panels for SXSW Submission are listed here.

IABC Presentation – In the Palm of Your Hand

The slide deck from today’s presentation on the Mobile Web at IABC Houston are below. And for the attendees, here are the results from our poll "Houston Should Be Known As?"

Tip of the hat to @happykatie for all of the assistance!

Barcamp Houston 3 Slides from Eschipul Presentation

First – I really liked this photo from @thefuzzball on flickr of @davidherrold at Barcamp Houston 3. Great photo!

Second – embedded below are my slides from the “Strategic PR using Social Media” that are posted on I did have to delete a few graphics to get below the 50meg limit. Let me know if you need those as well.

And thanks again for all of the organizers for a great event! From the wiki:

And here is the presentation I gave on Strategic PR using Social Media. Hopefully the biggest take-away is that without RESEARCH and STRATEGIC PLANNING, well, social media is as useless as anything else. You can’t evaluate results if you don’t have an objective. The basics of PR remain the same, with social media being another outlet for your ethical strategy. or something like that.