Tarleton honors state, local Twitter users at social media conference Nov. 6


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FORT WORTH (October 21, 2015) — Tarleton State University’s Texas Social Media Research Institute (TSMRI) presents local and state social media awards—based on Klout Scores and number of followers—at its fifth annual conference on Friday, Nov. 6, in Fort Worth.

This year’s conference takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Tarleton-Fort Worth, 6777 Camp Bowie Blvd., and includes more than 150 participants from across the United States.

TSMRI brings together social media experts to provide insight and instruction on the benefits of popular social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Periscope, Vlogging and Snapchat, to name a few. Conference sessions are based on four tracks: teaching and learning, higher education retention and marketing, research, and innovation.

Researchers from Louisiana, Illinois, Arkansas, New Mexico, California and Oklahoma are scheduled to present during the daylong conference. To register, visit www.txsocialmedia.org.

TSMRI will honor the following area businesses, organizations, educational institutions and government entities with the most Twitter followers:

Advertising and Media
WFAA-TV Channel 8
Star-Telegram newspaper
95.9 The Ranch
Fort Worth, Texas magazine
Fort Worth Business newspaper
Douglass Media Group
Balcom Agency Inc.
360 West magazine
KDAF TV Channel 33

Arts, Culture and Entertainment
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Billy Bob’s Texas
Kimbell Art Museum
Fort Worth Zoo
Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Performing Arts Fort Worth Inc.
Championship Bull Riding Inc.
Van Cliburn Foundation
Stockyards Championship Rodeo
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

Construction, Equipment and Contractors
The Beck Group
D.R. Horton Inc.
DPR Construction

Family, Community and Civic Organizations
i9 Sports
Feeding Children Everywhere
Catholic Charities Fort Worth
Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce
Camp Fire First Texas
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
Christian Community Storehouse
Fort Worth Sister Cities International

Finance and Insurance
First Command Bank
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas
Fort Worth Community Credit Union

Government and Education
University of Texas at Arlington
City of Fort Worth
Austin College
Tarrant County College District
Texas Christian University
Tarleton State University
University of North Texas
United Way of Tarrant County
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Education Service Center Region 11

Additionally, TSMRI will recognize the following state agencies with the most Twitter followers:
1. Texas General Land Office
2. Texas Engineering Extension Service
3. Texas Historical Commission
4. Texas Department of Transportation
5. Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
6. Texas Department of Public Safety
7. Texas.gov
8. Texas Education Agency
9. State Bar of Texas
10. Texas Veterans Commission
11. Texas Department of State Health Services
12. Texas Department of Agriculture
13. Texas Attorney General
14. Texas Forest Service
15. Texas Park and Wildlife Department

Tweet @TSMRI and follow #TXSocialMedia on Twitter for conference activities and updates.

For more information about TSMRI, visit http://www.tarleton.edu/tsmri/. TSMRI is powered by Tarleton undergraduate and graduate student social media coaches as part of their internship experience. Coaches will offer one-on-one social media help at the conference.

For more information about Tarleton State University, visit http://www.tarleton.edu.

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