17 Nov 2011 10 am eastern

SXSW love me long time

SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST Interactive (“SXSWi” or simply “South by” to its friends) has somewhat brazenly announced that I will be the first inductee in its new Hall of Fame. The induction will take place during the 2012 Interactive Awards presentation in March of next year. There will be flowers and virgins. Well, flowers.

SXSW Interactive features five days of compelling presentations from the brightest minds in emerging technology. Founded in 1995—the same year I started this website—the Austin, TX-based interactive festival attracts tens of thousands annually.

I hope this announcement will not negatively affect attendance.

Filed under: Acclaim, SXSW, Zeldman

20 Responses to “SXSW love me long time”

  1. Jared M. Spool said on

    Congratulations, Jeffrey!

    Well deserved.

  2. Jeffrey Zeldman said on

    Thanks, Big Daddy!

  3. John Morrison said on

    “I hope this announcement will not negatively affect attendance.”

    Amazing. Congrats sir!

  4. Jeff Johnson said on


  5. Eric Brooks said on

    Did I ever tell you you’re my hero? :-D

  6. Bryson said on

    Very cool! Congratulations!
    Great meeting you at AListApartDC last month.

  7. Cameron Moll said on

    Very well deserved!

  8. Ben Peck said on

    Hail the all mighty! Good on you sir. You deserve it.

  9. Eric Peacock said on

    Or put another way:

    Did you ever know that you’re my herrrrrroooooo!

    (Note: the element is deprecated as of HTML 3.14159265. I apologize for its use.)

  10. Eric Peacock said on

    Oops, WordPress took that literally and stripped it out because I forgot the code element. My bad.

    I meant the <bettemidler. element.

    Did you ever know that you’re my herrrrrroooooo!

  11. Jeffrey Zeldman said on

    Nice one.

  12. Sharron Rush said on

    Hooray! Well deserved, all of us from Knowbility will be there cheering you on.

  13. Justin said on

    That’s because you rock harder than Dokken.

  14. Neal G said on

    Once you’re in the hall of fame, does that mean you’re retired? :P

  15. Jeffrey Zeldman said on

    Neal G, I sure hope not.

  16. Margot Bloomstein said on

    Will they raise a blue beanie to the rafters? Big congrats, and bigger thanks.

  17. Erik James Albaugh said on

    I can’t think of anyone else who should be the first inductee… except maybe Al Gore? Congratulations brother.

  18. Faruk Ateş said on

    Congratulations, Jeffrey! Well-deserved for sure. Tip for the party: blue beanies for everyone!

  19. Mike Gossmann said on


  20. Mau said on

    Well deserved, my friend!


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