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The Tweethouse at SXSW

With Adrien Brody on the carpet- he was promoting the upcoming Predators film.

With Adrien Brody on the carpet- he was promoting his upcoming Predators film.

In the past 3 years that I've attended SXSWi, it has grown in leaps and bounds. I know we say that we're in a time of information overload, but being there and seeing all the online folks I know offline, made me realize that we're in people overload too. In between shoots and meetings, I barely got to see half the people I knew who were there. That wasn't the case in previous years, where the Interactive attendees were far less. We're connected to more people than ever before, and while that's what I love about the Internet, it also makes me wonder- as humans, are we are naturally able to maintain this growing network of relationships? What strategies do you have to sustain your on and offline relationships? Please share!

Moving on- aside from my vlogging responsibilities for CBSNews.com, I was also hired by the Parnassus Group and The Hollywood Reporter to host the Tweethouse- an offline event highlighting the converging entertainment and tech communities with panels throughout the day and an evening bash.

I interviewed some of my favorite tech trailblazers and online friends like Robert Scoble, Mashable's Pete Cashmore and Revision3's Jim Louderback. I also helped actress Jamie Lynn Sigler make her first tweet:

Thoughts for the New Year...

It's that time of year again when we take a look back at the past and look forward to the endless possibilities of a new year.

I couldn't help but post some end of year ramblings on my CBSNews.com blog, appropriately titled:

"Digital Distance Makes the Heart Grow Fonder"

THIS "YEAR" IN YOUTUBE

2009 is coming to an end, So Lon and I look back at some of the best vids of the year!

MY POT CHRONICLES

I've been covering a lot of stories surrounding the medical marijuana community and industry lately for CBSNEWS.COM. Here's my recent post including an interview with the 'pot doc', Dr. Allan Frankel.

Why now? Well, Cannabis culture in the United States has been a growing conversation and concern as the Justice Department issued a new policy in October putting cannabis control in the hands of each state. This has caused much controversy and chatter in California, which has always been looked at as a more progressive state leading the way for the cause and allowing dispensaries to pop up just about everywhere over the past few years.

Much of the uproar has targeted Los Angeles though. I've been told that there are more dispensaries in the city than schools. It's an issue that's forced the city to take notice and create fear amongst the community of a possible crackdown.  At this point, Los Angeles isn't going to shut down and ban dispensaries. That would just be unrealistic. A lot of states are looking to Oakland as an ideal example, where dispensaries are few and far between in strategic areas, and now give %18 in taxes to the city accounting for approximately $40 million yearly.

It's been a fascinating and eye-opening experience to dive into this new world. It's the reason why I do what I do. I've met City Attorneys, patients, dispensary owners, union leaders and proponents of both sides. I've paid a visit to America's First Cannabis College- Oaksterdam.

It's exciting to be covering a subject that's truly shaping our culture. On a recent visit to the renowned green medicine shop, The Farmacy, General Manager Bill Leahy offered me one of their posters as a parting gift and mentioned how in a few years it'll be worth much more. He told me how we're experiencing the prohibition era all over again.

Well, we all know what happened with that...

MY OFFBEAT HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE!

Check out my Top 10 list of wacky holiday gifts on CBSNEWS.COM.

You won't be disappointed!

WHY YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT NET NEUTRALITY

I recently interviewed actress Justine Bateman and Writers Guild of America Political Director, John Kosinski, about the controversial issue of net neutrality. Why should you care? Because it could effect what information and content we have access to online. READ MORE ON MY CBSNEWS.COM BLOG, "ON THE SCENE"

MY LATEST CBSNEWS.COM POSTS

It's been a month or so since I launched my blog, On The Scene, on CBSNEWS.COM. It's been such a fun and fulfilling experience. I'm having a blast handpicking and telling stories that are newsworthy, inspiring or simply awesome. I hope people can read the blog and be entertained, have a laugh, learn something new and/or get motivated to do equally awesome things.

So keeping everyone in the loop with my online adventures, as I like to do, here are links to some of my recent stories. Enjoy and add the blog to your rss feed or else! :)

Michael Jackson’s ‘This Is It’: Review and Box Office Predictions

The Inspired Nation: OneDaysWages.org

This is the first of a weekly feature I’m going to do where I pick (and with your help of course) individuals, companies and non-profits who are showing all of us that it is possible to create a positive impact in our communities and the world.

The Farmville Craze

Will These Guys Shock Barack Obama?

Philanthropy 1.0 and the Megaphone of Social Media

I Can 'Haz' Success

Famous Teens Unplug

One Drop Brings Stars Together For Water

D.I.Y. Space Adventures

World of Mouth: On Board The Social Media Revolution

HUFFINGTON POST- IMPACT!

I am so honored to be a contributor to Huffington Post's new Impact section in partnership with Causecast. The new section will be your source for news about public service, volunteerism, as well as information on the major issues affecting Americans today.

My first post went up yesterday. I wrote about the Drew Carey aftermath and my thoughts on celebs using social media for social good.

Got to mention that in my new year's resolutions I actually wrote that I wanted to contribute to the site. I not only respect and am inspired by how HuffPo has revolutionized online news, but by the voice behind it- Arianna Huffington.

I had the opportunity to meet and interview her at the Webby Awards in August- she's not only brilliant, but super sweet!

Rock on!

THE MILLION DOLLAR TWEET

This week was exciting to say the least. On Tuesday, I interviewed Drew Carey about his 100,000 dollar twitter bid he made over the weekend for Lance Armstrong's Live Strong Foundation.

His twitter update made headlines but all people were doing was quoting his tweet. I wanted to get the scoop from horses mouth, so I set up a video interview with him. That was going to be my mini-exclusive, but it ended up becoming much more when Carey suddenly decided to up his donation to 1 million dollars if he got a million Twitter followers by December 31 at 12 AM PT.

Click here to read the post and watch the video below:


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We released the story on my CBS News blog, On The Scene, on Wednesday and the news spread quickly. Even Perez Hilton picked up the story!

In the end, it was so awesome to break a story that's positive and ultimately for a great cause.

Support Live Strong and follow Drew Carey on Twitter: @drewfromtv

CATCH ME "ON THE SCENE" ON CBSNEWS.COM

This week was really exciting for me, because I launched my new blog on CBSNEWS.COM. It's called "On The Scene", where I track the best in social trends and pop culture (which encapsulates pretty much everything that is awesome). I see this as an amazing opportunity to bring inspiring and relevant stories to an iconic and trusted brand like CBS News. It's something that I've actually been working towards for a while. I've always worked for so many different outlets doing separate things for each one- travel, entertainment news, technology, innovation and social good. I've wanted to have one place for all these passions and stories. I also wanted to be the voice for this community and generation on a Network. Bridging the gap between traditional and non-traditional media is my passion and is something I will continue to do, but this is definitely a step in the right direction.

I'll also be an LA correspondent for The Tomorrow Show w/ Mo Rocca where we look at the future of well... everything!

Tubefilter.tv also did a great little piece on the launch. READ IT HERE!

Thanks so much to everyone for their support. It's really important for me to make this into a dialogue, so tweet me or send me emails with your thoughts and any story ideas!:)

P.S. As you can see I love and use way too many exclamations!!!