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Today I stopped by the SXSW 2011 expo hall – it’s definitely bigger than in previous years. Rackspace had a very large booth while Google and Microsoft had smaller booths (Microsoft had an end cap). The Google booth was pretty crowded while the Microsoft booth was empty (pics below). Mapquest also had a large presence. Apple had no presence which I guess makes sense since everyone already bought an iPad 2. The British startup area was also larger than last year – there were also a number of other countries that had booths (the only one I remember was Canada).
Here are my photos – click on a photo to view the larger size:
Pretty neat idea – a wall with chalkboard paint where you could write whatever you like – of course I had to represent with the yellow CloudContacts shoutout in the bubble – BatchBook is right above:
Are web designers sexy? This booth shook the 8 ball and the result was “yes”
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American Greetings PhotoWorks has announced they are closing the doors (or is it removing the IP addy?) on April 3, 2011. From the announcement, “PhotoWorks is closing Monday, April 4, 2011. Beginning March 7, you will need to transfer your PhotoWorks photos to a free Shutterfly account. You can store, share, and create photo products at Shutterfly.com. PhotoWorks is no longer opening new accounts.”
PhotoWorks suggests you move your photos to Shutterfly which they refer to as, “the leading online photo services company.” I know my sister loves Shutterfly – she sends all of the pictures of her new daughter using Shutterfly. PhotoWorks has setup a transfer service to make moving the photos to Shutterfly easy. And they are offering $30 as a bonus to those who move. If you don’t move your photos by May 2, 2011, they will be deleted permanently.
PhotoWorks was acquired by American Greetings in 2008 for $26.5 million in cash.
I made the mistake of trying to get into the Salesforce Dreamforce Expo at opening time. Apparently this is the worst time – right after the Marc Benioff keynote. The crowd was massive – you would think everyone pushing was hoping to get the latest Cabbage Patch Kid for an holiday gift! They also provide free lunch so that too increased the foot traffic.
Oddly I didn’t see any mention of Twitter or Facebook outside of a small booth in the Salesforce employee area.
This conference takes me back to my marketing days – all business and/or business casual dress. A massive sales and marketing crowd! And it seems about 50/50 women and men. Here are some photos from the Expo Hall:
The theme is “collaborate”
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Here are some photos from the expo hall at the Internet Week NYC headquarters.
It’s interesting that everyday we hear how email is dead yet everyday I see someone using email in a new way. The benefit of using email is that it’s understood by nearly any Internet user as opposed to many of the new social networks that take time and investment to be able to effectively use.
Yesterday I spoke with YouTellYou founder Ruggero Domenichini to learn more about the service. YouTellYou is an easy way to create a photo magazine. The service can pull in photos from photo sharing services including Flickr, Smugmug, Facebook and you can also upload photos from your computer. The magazine can also include a Google Map so you can provide the location where the photos were taken.
Jolie O’Dell at RWW has a good review of the YouTellYou service from their launch back in January. She notes, “In about 10 minutes, we created this story about SxSW 2009. We were able to get access to all the needed Flickr photos through a simple interface. Pics were then organized into layouts of one or two photos per section with optional captions for most layouts.”
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But what about our offline privacy? And what I really mean is when people take media of us from offline and move it online – what happens to our human privacy?
On the show 24 last week, super secret agent Chloe was able to track down a bad guy by tapping into the cameras on the streets and even was able to follow the bad guy, zoom way in, etc. We know cameras by police and other law enforcement groups are everywhere. It doesn’t matter if you are in Times Square, London or a small town in the midwest, chances are cameras are watching your every move. iPhone cameras in Japan are required to beep when taking a photo to prevent upskirt shots.
Last week the Daily News profiled Pete Malachowsky – a guy who rides the N train in NYC like so many others. Malachowskycreated the N Train Gossip Twitter account to highlight his finds – the people who make riding the subway here so much fun. I’ve highlighted a couple of photos below. He adds a bit of snark with each photo. What’s amazing is how close he gets to some of the people he photographs. And now his readers are submitting photos of their own.
Last night at the Hackers & Founders meetup in NYC, Snapm founder, Doug Petkanics, provided an overview of the Snapm service. Doug’s overview video is provided below. Snapm provides an amateur photographer marketplace. The idea came to Doug when he was planning his wedding and was looking for a photographer to shoot his engagement party. Clients search for photographers by location and can browse through portfolios for each photographer.
Customers can pay the photographers directly through Snapm to complete the transaction. Photographers receive a free directory listing, and all of the other Snapm services for free as well.
Snapm takes a percentage of each transaction including both events and photo sales. They will also offer premium memberships for photographers in the future.
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