Well, that was fun. For those of you who headed to Austin for South by Southwest, we hosted a little party with Jesse Draper and our friends at ValleyGirl.TV to kickoff SXSW Interactive and celebrate Tubefilter’s panel Decision Trees: YouTube’s New Breed of Interactive Storytellers.
The turnout was spectacular. The best and brightest of online video filled the open air patio at the Cedar Door, an Austin classic just a block away from the Convention Center. Check-ins on Foursquare unlocked the “Valley Girl Margarita,” a potent take on the Door’s classic Mexican Martini. Free beer, great weather, and killer soft tacos made for a great evening enjoyed by all (free food FTW).
SXSW Keynote speaker Felicia Day stopped in along with new media uber-agent George Ruiz, Diggnation‘s Alex Albrecht and Zadi Diaz of Epic Fu. The omni-present Tim Street sported a new look, Shira Lazar and Julia Allison took some great photos of themselves, and Jason Calacanis brought in an entire busload of Delivering Happiness partygoers. The Hollywood Reporter 35 Under 35‘s Dan Weinstein held court among digital agents past and present, while Digitas’ Paul Kontonis rubbed elbows with Blip.tv’s Dina Kaplan and Revision3’s Jim Louderback. Web tv creatives Bernie Su and Rafi Fine imbibed with CJP’s Wilson Cleveland. SXSW Panelist and Streamy Award winner Kevin Pollak dropped by, and Kathleen Grace reported the impact of the recent Google acquisition on Next New Networks’ company kitchen. Have you tried Google hummus?