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SxSW Has ‘Gone Hollywood,’ Gossip Press and All (SocialTimes)
With the absence of breakout startups emerging from South by Southwest since Foursquare in 2009, many are wondering whether SxSW has become simply a spring break for the tech set. For instance, SocialTimes received this pitch: “Is South by Southwest the new Spring Break for musicians, filmmakers and techies? If so, the most important mobile technology for SXSW isn’t a festival guide or a new text/photo app, it’s a free service that empowers you to easily obtain and privately share you verified STD status using your phone. TIME/Techland We all know Cory Booker is America’s “Super Mayor,” a reputation cemented by his many acts of social-media influenced kindness. Booker was interviewed by TIME.com assistant managing editor Steven James Snyder during a SXSW panel called “Cory Booker: New Media Politician” on his worst tweet to his ambitions beyond Newark’s mayorship. SocialTimes Rachel Maddow used her platform at SxSW to advance the argument she made in her bestselling book Drift. She categorized the public’s increasing exclusion from the decision to go to war, the point of the book, as innovation. CNET Talk to just about anyone who has been at South by Southwest, and there’s pretty much no doubt what was the biggest news of all: Grumpy Cat. On the one hand a sweet little cat with a facial expression that looks annoyed, and on the other one of the biggest Internet memes of the last year, Grumpy Cat has been the unquestioned biggest star of SXSW, thanks to Mashable, which managed to bring the famous kitty to the world’s most important interactive conference so that tons of her biggest fans could meet her. AllThingsD
Now, I don’t know if you’ve been to South By before, but I have. Imagine a citywide frat party, populated by out-of-town hipsters, local “bros” and Silicon Valley hucksters, all awash in a sea of cheap booze and blaring music. While it may be great for entrepreneurs and musicians looking for a week of hedonism, it’s far from being the ideal place for a dwarf kitten to relax.
Facebook Users Share App Activity More Than 1 Billion Times a Day (VentureBeat)
If Facebook’s partners for some reason need more evidence that Facebook Platform has traction, Facebook is giving it to them. According to Facebook, users share their app activity more than one billion times each day using the social network.
25 Terrible Things You Should Never Include in Your Twitter Bio (AllTwitter)
AllTwitter HQ sat down (well, more like we started an email chain) and vented about what really irks us when it comes to what people write in their Twitter bios. And here’s the result: a master list of 25 things you absolutely should never, ever include in your 160-character-or-less bio.
Hootsuite Adds Statigram, YouTube and Salesforce Apps to its Directory to Boost Brands’ Social Performance (The Next Web)
HootSuite has announced the addition of three new apps, each of which address a part of a company’s brand image in different content verticals: image, video and CRM. The addition of YouTube, Statigram, and Salesforce CRM integration address those areas for Hootsuite.
Facebook Acquires Storytelling Social Network Storylane (AllFacebook)
In what some people are calling a challenge to blogging site Tumblr, Facebook has acquired storytelling social network Storylane. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
YouTube Co-Founder to Launch Rival Video Site (Gizmodo)
YouTube already has its fair share of rivals on all sides, from Vimeo to Hulu. Now, though, one of YouTube’s co-founders, Chris Hurley, is planning to create a rival of his own.
Four Apps for Social Discovery (AppNewser)
Social discovery apps are popping up left and right that aim to connect you with friends, events and like-minded people in your area. We’ve put together a list of four social discovery apps along with descriptions of the app and links to download.
Twitter Opens Tweet Archive Access for Users in 12 More Languages (TechCrunch)
Twitter has announced that it would be ramping up its archiving tool to cover people who use the service in 12 non-English languages: Dutch, Farsi, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Malay, Norwegian, Polish and Spanish — giving the company one more way of engaging with its international audience, now 70 percent of its 200 million-monthly user base. The ability to access your own archive of tweets — which lets you see everything you tweeted and retweeted, and lets you retweet those tweets yet again — was first launched last year, in December, as a service only for those using Twitter in English.
Can Facebook Put Video Ads in News Feed Without Angering Users? (Mashable)
Facebook video ads are coming to your News Feed — it’s just a matter of when. AdAge reported in mid-December that Facebook was planning to introduce a new ad product “by April at the latest” that would let marketers target video ads in users’ News Feeds on desktop and mobile devices.