Rock of Ages: Evolution of SXSW [infogrpahic]

March 13, 2012 |  by  |  Entertainment, Internet, Marketing, Tech  |  1 Comment
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The SXSW season is upon us. For college kids, it is the season of RSVP-ing to every free event possible hoping for free beer. It is the season of lines, shows and drunken-ness. For the marketers, creatives, software-ers, financers, it is the season of interactive talks, networking and key note speakers. What a difference a few years and a real job makes.

This infographic follows the progression of SXSW, which started as a music festival in 1987 to “interactive launch pad” in it’s modern prime. It currently attracts a bit of an older crowd, with 40% being between ages 31-40 and 57% earning over $85,000/yr. While this seems strange to me, with all of my youngester friends posting photos and statuses about all things southby, it is important to remember that they/I attend UNofficial events. The interactive portion of the festival attracts marketing companies, non profits, start-ups and venture capitalists, web developers, media companies etc. Companies choose to launch new ideas and products for the “wired,” intelligent audience, intersection of music, film and technology at the festival, and the wide array of disciplines included in the conference.

I am more than happy to be prancing around the unofficial, free parties with my pals, but I hope to one day be able to attend and contribute to the interactive portion of sxsw. It is an innovative environment of creative professionals, and a great addition to the festival’s unique environment. [Via]

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Humans vs. Animals [infographic]

March 10, 2012 |  by  |  Animals  |  8 Comments
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Humans are the most unique animals on the planet. Because of our ability to effectively communicate, opposable thumbs, and other traits; Humans have the upper hand over any other species on earth. However, some animals have some of the same traits as humans, making them truly unique among their own.

According to today’s infographic, there are human traits found in many other species as well. For example, like humans, elephants show empathy towards other elephants that are not well. Also like humans, ravens are capable of developing tools to immobilize and crack eggs to eat.

However, no other species can compare to a human’s ability to run long distances. Our two legs allow us to run long distances without excreting large amounts of energy. Humans are truly amazing unique animals, and our abilities to continue expand our span of thought show that we are capable of many more great things. I can’t imagine where the human race will be 30 years from now, but I can assure you that it will be an amazing life as we experience it. [via]

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A Very (P)interesting [infographic]

March 9, 2012 |  by  |  Internet, Social Media  |  1 Comment
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Pinterest has blown up this year, and sorry guys – its not for you. With women dominating the populous at almost 70% of registered users the content is mostly made up of clothes, food and motivational typography. For now Pinterest is growing extremely fast without much help from the male demographic and maybe they won’t need guns and videogames for a while. And why would they need men? Women have always dominated the social media market where over 84% of popular social media sites have a majority female ratio. Facebook has always had more active female users than male and when Google+ launched, the girls seemed to stay away. Now Google’s attempt at Facebook is almost all forgotten. I think the ladies know a thing or two about technology.

Unfortunately, Pinterest isn’t all fun and games. There is also a potential for a hostile litigious battle ground. The ability to ‘pin’ anyone’s content without consent brings a wave of millions of copyright infringements. With Pinterest executives conscious of this risk they make sure they are not liable stating in their terms of service: “The entire risk… remains with you.”

Pinterest is a wonderful concept and one that could rival the leading social media websites of today, but they need to focus on securing a more reasonable terms of service. [Via]

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Top 10 Internet IPOs

March 8, 2012 |  by  |  Internet  |  1 Comment
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Here it goes, I am writing about an infographic on a topic I have little to no knowledge on. My writing may not be of the highest wisdom, but this is an informative infographic, so bear with me. IPOs (initial public offerings) are the first set of stocks introduced into the public market by a previously private company. IPOs boost a company’s equity and exposure, but also demand more accounting and marketing management. For me, I just think it’s cool to see options to buy stocks in Facebook and Google.

Which IPOs are you investing in? Facebook has not listed their IPO price, but to tell you the truth, I will be avoiding their stock entirely. I don’t necessarily have any strong points to make against them, I just have this eerie feeling that soon they will crash into the MySpace realm. If you have any cool observations to add, please comment! To learn more about some of the companies in the infographic, check out this technology blog.

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15 Grammar Mistakes That Can Make You Look Silly [infographic]

March 7, 2012 |  by  |  Education  |  48 Comments
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Everyone makes mistakes, but that notion seems to go out the window anytime syntax is misused. If the wrong there, their, or they’re is used at the wrong time on the internet, prepare for every web user to attack your intelligence and attempt to obliterate your self-esteem.

I know, we all have our momentary lapses. But with the help of the infographic below, those lapses can come less frequently. It shines light on the usual culprits, such as the tricky it’s/its decision and affect versus effect. The infographic also shines light on how to properly use the apostrophe and the correct spellings of commonly misspelled words. A few words left off this list that I always had trouble with were definitely and sandwiches. What are some of your trouble words? [Via]

 

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