Here’s a look at some interesting things that have happened in the past week. The SXSW conference was obviously the talk of the town, and of course every year a new app or service breaks through as “the one” to watch. Past years have included notable launches by Twitter and Foursquare. This year it was all about social discovery, which uses your social media networks to alert you when friends are nearby who share similar interests. Two apps took the spotlight: Highlight and Glancee.
- Highlight and Glancee: Why So-Mo Is The Talk of SXSW
- A Brief History of the Complete Redesign of Google – An interesting look at how each of the product teams at Google (Maps, Search, Gmail, etc.) were able to work together to launch a unified look and feel with the new Google redesign.
- Guy Kawasaki’s Fireside Chat with Vic Gundotra, Google’s senior vice president for engineering, on Google+ – Guy Kawasaki asks questions that many people have been wanting to know such as pseudonyms and why there still isn’t an API.
In other news:
- Pinterest’s New Problem: Brand Squatters Are Screwing Over Big Companies
– Brands such as McDonald’s, Dell and Microsoft have come into the game late, and as a result, their names have already been taken on Pinterest.
- How Gap’s social media policy keep 134,000 workers in line – Gap takes a casual and fun approach to their social media policy.
- Spring break gets tamer for students by a fear of unflattering appearances in social media – Students are being a lot more conscious about how they act during spring break now that anything can be shared easily through social media.