SoMeT13US Attendees Tweeting, Posting About Huntsville

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Your votes brought them here - and now, they're seeing what the Rocket City has to offer and Tweeting about it.

The Social Media Tourism Symposium kicked off Wednesday with more than 100 out-of-town guests in Huntsville.

This is an exciting, engaging conference and the fact that it's here is giving our city a big boost.  The symposium, SoMeT13US, features day-long educational tracks with special speakers on topics like engaging potential visitors online.

Theresa Overby: "It's our job to inspire people to visit our destinations and social media is so visual that you can really tell a great story about your communities via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram," said Theresa Overby, an online travel content director.


The main meeting room for SoMeT13US at The Westin (Photo: David Wood/WHNT News 19)

People attending are busy posting and Tweeting, using the hashtag #SoMeT13US, telling stories about what they're learning and things they like about our community.

It's conference founder Dave Sorino's fourth venture with the event.  He says what makes the symposium different is the connectivity.

"A lot of these people have met each other before online and never really met anyone in person," said Sorino. "They've shared information, interacted and had a dialogue and this was really founded and put together to take those online relationships and bring them offline."

Those human connections are getting Huntsville's name out there, fast and furious.

"Coming and being able to meet people and take those connections home... it's huge for this conference," said Overby.

Check out the conversation on Twitter at hashtag #SoMeT13US for pictures and updates.  WHNT News 19's web team is also live blogging at the conference, which concludes Friday.

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