SXSW was once a music festival and industry event, but has morphed into a huge 10-day mash-up of music, film, gaming, and interactive technology. Digital enthusiasts flock to SXSW to rub elbows with entrepreneurs, test out new technology, and see what might be the next big thing. It’s heaven for startups looking for early adopters and has a history of being a great jumping off point for social networks like Twitter and Foursquare.
Basically, it’s the kind of event you want to go to, or at least closely keep track of. If you’re a Twitter user, this will be unavoidable and you’ll be tired of seeing “#SXSW” by the end of the conference, but if you really want to get an idea of what is going on, look no further than one of our favourite new apps: Vine.
Vine is a video version of Instagram. Instead of taking photos and uploading them to contribute to a stream of images for your friends to follow, you take video. Each mini film can last six seconds and requires the user to simply touch their screen to start and stop capturing. We’ve seen some serious six-second works of art!
At SXSW, Vine is one of these apps you’ll want to keep an eye on.
Mashable gave us a few ideas of Vine accounts on their radar, so we thought we would pass them along for you to follow.
@omarg – Omar Gallaga (Tech culture writer at CNN.com)
— Omar L. Gallaga (@omarg) March 7, 2013
@tomspano – Tom Spano (Events manger at Twitter)
— ✈ Digital Gypsy® (@tomspano) March 8, 2013
@amit – Amit Jotwani (Developer at Mashery)
— Amit Jotwani (@amit) March 7, 2013
@samdecker – Sam Decker (CEO of Mass Relevance)
— Sam Decker (@samdecker) March 7, 2013