Last week, Tumblr hit a major milestone: The platform now hosts more than 100 million blogs and gets more than 150 million unique visitors a month. Yet, Tumblr is still something of an enigma: The company hasn’t clearly defined how it will make money or fully solved its technical challenges.
SocialTimes reported that wearable computers were the fad at SxSW. Some of their wearers agreed to share their data — when they slept and for how long, if they worked out, and so forth.
Headliners may draw the most attention going into the SXSW music festival with a bigger following (and usually a bigger font), but lesser-known groups can still walk away with the most buzz once the festival ends. This year, three bands stood out above the rest.
We reported that Memoto, a camera that attaches to the user’s clothing and automatically takes two pictures a minute, was one of the hottest products at SxSW. The company released today photos taken with a prototype camera.
I promised I would document some thoughts on my first South By South West (SXSW), but I can’t say my opinion is different leaving Austin than it was going in. And I know this will SHOCK YOU, coming from the guy who wrote Social Media Is Bullshit, but I tried to bring an open mind.
The South by Southwest tech festival may not be a great place for apps to break out anymore, but a couple of consumer hardware products have generated a lot of buzz and pre-orders at this year’s event.
Foursquare CEO and co-founder Dennis Crowley indicated that the company does not need users to check in to businesses and other points of interest to retain relevance as a local search engine, suggesting that the company can rely instead on data sent from apps that use its API.
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.
Tumblr founder and CEO David Karp described Tumblr as a return to the early Web, in which every user could express his or her own style, crticizing the uniformity of current social networks in a talk Sunday at South by Southwest.
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.