Tripp Donnelly, CEO of RepEquity, and Huard Smith, President of RepEquity are candidates for a panel at next year's SXSW Interactive Conference, which is being held March 9-1

Earlier this year, All Facebook and a handful of other tech blogs posted statistics showing that the average Facebook user doesn't know 20 percent of the people listed as friends on the site.

Asking if an associate or friend is 'online' is a thing of the past.

Last Wednesday I had the privilege of attending my first industry networking event here in DC.