This graphic is about the ‘buzz‘ created by the geolocation companies Foursquare and Gowalla at 2010′s South By Southwest. I was lucky enough to attend this great event and saw first hand the marketing techniques they used.
A founder of Foursquare was out on the sidewalk playing actual foursquare with anyone. This is genius. Not only was twitter mouthing off this fact, but inside the convention center, everyone was talking about it. Gowalla is an Austin based company, so for Foursquare to come in and dominate on Gowalla’s home turf like that was a little embarrassing.
I personally use Gowalla, I don’t update too much for a few reasons:
1: I have no friends
2: I don’t go anywhere!
I’d still love to be ya friend if you Walla — I’m Tim Willingham. I have picked up recently on my check-ins. Trying to make it a habit! If you have tried Gowalla in the past, but wasn’t a fan – a recent update has made it 100X better.
SXSW is creeping up on us, have you seen the line up!?! I hope I get to meet some of y’all, but I’ll be interning at South By and most likely won’t have time to see ya. The other founder will be milling around the convention center and I’m sure he’d be up for a conversation.
I know come March 11th, there will be even more location-based app presence at next year’s SXSW. Now that Gowalla lets you update your Foursquare, Facebook Places and Twitter with 1 check in, hopefully location-based mobile can take off. It is still gonna be a tough time to grab market share. I’m rooting for the hometown team. [Via]Share This Infographic
In my opinion, the human brain is the one of the most fascinating things this world has to offer. Think about it, this organ creates thoughts and creates what is essentially life for us and all other animals. If there is no after-life or soul, the brain is all we have, the world as we see it is a result of our brains. Though the make up of all our brains is the same, they all work a little different.
How can we know how other people see the world? Depending on your philosophy, it is possible that not everyone sees the world in the same way. One theory is; everything we see in the world is completely made up in our heads, therefore there are no real things, it would be as though we are living a dream. Other schools of thought would suggest that there are truths in the world, that everything we see is actually there, not just created in our minds. There is also perception, an in between these two theories, there are real things in the world, but we don’t actually see them, we see what they cause us the perceive.
Whether you enjoy conversations like these or you think they are just a bunch of bologna, these are thoughts that only humans have. We are rational beings and they are a result of our brain. This infographic gives quite a few interesting facts of the brain. For example did you know the brain has 100,000 miles worth of blood vessels, that would be long enough to circle the world four times. [via]Share This Infographic
With all this tension between North and South Korea, I hope a nuclear solution is never considered. [Via]Share This Infographic
With finals coming up in less than a week there is one thing I know I will be stocking up on: coffee. Coffee, the original energy drink, remains my favorite beverage for getting energy early in the morning. Rather than being fizzy and just flat out expensive, it is warm, smooth, can be brewed at home, and best of all, smells amazing. Whether you like the taste of coffee, or find it disgusting, there is one thing we can all agree on: coffee smells delicious.
Other than having that heavenly smell, recent studies show that coffee may actually help to prevent cancer. However, keep in mind that this is like red wine, having the right amount is good for you, while having too much may actually cause more harm than good. Suddenly, coffee just became that much more appealing; something that tastes good, smells good, and has health benefits? What more could this caffeine packed product provide?
Coffee is much more than a wonderful drink that provides health benefits, it also has a big part in the global economy. According to this infographic, coffee has proven to be a reliable natural resource which easily meets its demand while steadily increasing in value. Although this is very appealing, please remember that international trade is a slippery slope and not all nations are treated fairly. Nations with rich natural resources tend to be exploited by superpowers and as a result are forced to only focus on one crop and remain in poverty. It may be a bit more expensive, but fair-trade coffee insures that countries are being paid for the true value of their product. [via]Share This Infographic
Groupon is pretty much the greatest thing that has come out of this social media boom. I hope if Google buys them out they still know what’s up. Living Social is also cool, but Groupon is the definite leader of the pack. Getting 50 to 90% off of some of the best places in town is the greatest.
I’m glad that coupons have now found a way to reach my generation. We have always been too tied up in our digital world to read the paper and cut out deals. I hope innovative coupon ideas keep popping up, who doesn’t like free stuff? [Via]Share This Infographic