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Social Media's Hashable & BetaBeat Stir Up Anti-Social Behavior

SXSW long considered fertile ground for new start-ups - it attracts those in-the-know cyberventilating over that which they're about to learn. The land of early adopters surfaces for only ten days like an oasis in the desert, and spreads goodwill about a number of new and innovative social media developments. Or does it? Seems like there's a SM Smackdown in progress between Hashable (an app that creates digital business cards on the fly) and Betabeat (the New York Observer's fledgling techie blog).

Social Media Games Win Awards, While Zynga Lacks Skin In The Game?

Do you remember last year this time,  when you were inundated with requests on Facebook by your friends to either help farm a field or join a Mafia family? Zynga and Facebook were not only adding virtual goods to the social media mix, they were taking home hard cash in the millions. The popularity of social media games reached such heights, the "Game Developers Choice Awards" added the category of ...

Tanning Booth App Gives A Virtual Sunkissed Look

Where can you get a beautiful sunless tan for just 99 cents?  In the virtual world of course!  There is a new Tanning Booth app available for all mobile devices.  It gives your image a toasty tanned glow.

Of Booze & Cheddar Cheese: The 2011 BESTS Are Chosen

Is it a coincidence that the Ultimate Beverage Challenge (UBC) spirit winners were announced the day before St Patty's?  Doesn't matter... You might as well take advantage of your new knowledge... The 'ultimate' judges of the best in booze have decided and here are the best of the bests, the Chairman's Trophy Awards in 27 Challenge categories. (It must be fun to be a judge, no?)

 

Nudge Nudge Link Link - Get Your Emails When You Need Them

Emails getting buried? NudgeMail puts them where you need them, when you need them.

Smart Voice Messaging with the ON VoiceFeed iPhone App

Say goodbye to boring voicemail messages once you install the ON VoiceFeed app on your iPhone. It's the smart choice for recording voicemail messages because it allows you to play different messages for different people while offering a sleek, easy-to-use and hassle-free interface.

Social Media Circling Back To Google, Whether You Like It Or Not

You could get dizzy. Google, long known for "valiant-attempts-but-no-cigar" has nevertheless circled over the social media terrain for quite some time now. Dating as far back as 2004, when developer Orkut Büyükkökten was commissioned to work on a product that would compete with Friendster, the social network Orkut has stumbled along trying to find a social media foothold in the States, only to be able to scale in countries like Brazil, India and Estonia of all places.

SXSW Known For Social Media & Music, Also A Film Festival - Part III: Detention

While the multitudes in the tens of thousands flock to Austin every March, and the event is a big hit amongst the digerati, social networkers and musicians and fans - this gathering is known more for its focus on interactive technology and music and less for its film festival. Even though in 2009, the Academy Award winning film, "The Hurt Locker" premiered at SXSW.

SXSW Known For Social Media & Music, Also A Film Festival - Part II: Bag of Hammers

While the multitudes in the tens of thousands flock to Austin every March, and the event is a big hit amongst the digerati, social networkers and musicians and fans - this gathering is known more for its focus on interactive technology and music and less for its film festival. Even though in 2009, the Academy Award winning film, "The Hurt Locker" premiered at SXSW.

SXSW Known For Social Media & Music, Also A Film Festival - Part I: Charlie Casanova

While the multitudes in the tens of thousands flock to Austin every March, and the event is a big hit amongst the digerati, social networkers and musicians and fans - this gathering is known more for its focus on interactive technology and music and less for its film festival. Even though in 2009, the Academy Award winning film, "The Hurt Locker" premiered at SXSW.