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SXSW: How Mobile Devices Are Changing Africa

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From micro-payments to education, mobile-device platforms are transforming how Africans work and live. continue…

Twitter Trends: Foursquare, Highlight and JayZ at SXSW

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SXSW is long over, but we got curious about something, so we’re putting together one last post. The event is the most connected, most wired and the most cutting-edge conference around. In particular the SXSW interactive component, SXSWi, is where the coolest Web, mobile and social networking ideas get their first showings. Of course, everyone’s tweeting during SXSW, and our data analyst friends decided to analyze the hundreds of thousands of tweets that included the #SXSW hashtag to see what… continue…

Does Overconfidence Help You Win Hackathons?

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With three strong but silent types and one skinny loudmouth, the T3 team proved to have the ingredients to pull off a successful win at the App Hackathon at SXSW. The team of four produced an impressive game simulator using the Turbulenz API. I caught up with the team, or rather their cocky spokesman, at the beginning of the hackathon and then caught up with all of them the following morning to see what they did. Watch the video for… continue…

Social Media is Becoming More Meaningful

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Every year at SXSW I happen upon Jeff Pulver, known most recently for producing the 140 Character Conference. When I see Pulver I simply turn the camera on him and he goes on an impassioned rant about how we’re connecting and engaging in social media. This year, Pulver’s rant was about the fact that social media isn’t just about engagement, but rather we’re really starting to touch people in a meaningful way. Even before the Internet we’ve had social media… continue…

The Tools You Need to Become a Digital Nomad

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From 2010 through 2011, for 14 months, journalist and social media celebrity Julia Allison didn’t have a home. During that time she bounced from city to city traveling with just her suitcase, laptop, and iPhone. What tools would you use if you were a “digital nomad?” Do you even want to be one? Let us know in the comment section below.   Allison became a famous digital nomad by working her social network as much as possible to couch surf at friends’ places… continue…

Social Media Pet Peeves: Phonies, Noise and TMI

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With everything we love, there’s always something to complain about. Even at SXSW where social media is the flavor du jour, I was still able to find plenty of people willing to tell me what really annoys them about social networking. At the Mashable House Party at Buffalo Billiards I simply asked people, “What’s your social media pet peeve?” It turns out there were many…

eWorky Matches You With Coworking, Shared Office Space

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eWorky is a straightforward tool designed to help startups, small businesses and contractors find shared or co-working space when they reach the point where they need to get out of the house. Launched last year in France, the site recently unveiled an English-language version that includes about 300 spaces in the U.S., most of them coworking spaces. Which is smarter: Working at home or springing for coworking space? Let us know by posting a comment below. eWorky works on two… continue…

What Recruiters Think When They Think About You

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Recruiters — love them or hate them, they’re part of the process and it’s always good to know what they’re thinking. Right now, they’re worrying about a war for talent in IT, which is good news for you. As they try to figure out the best strategies for attracting the people they want, hiring managers, HR staff and recruiters are kicking around a lot of ideas. Our Marketing folks gathered a bunch of them at South by Southwest and asked… continue…

IGN Turns to Coding Challenge for New Hires

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IGN was having a very difficult time trying to find developers the traditional resume way. It turns out job experience isn’t the best way to find developers, since the average coder begins programming at around age 13, said Roy Bahat, President of IGN. After cranking through the same resume churn, Bahat realized his company was talking to the same college grads everyone else was talking to. He began to wonder why he should care about their higher education. If candidates… continue…

Job Seekers Want Challenges, Recruiters Need Problem Solvers

On the floor of the Tech Career Expo at SXSW I made an attempt to match up one recruiter and one job seeker. Each expressed what they were looking for and I tried my best to see if I could get them to connect. What was promising from both the recruiter and the job seeker was their desire to not just check boxes on a resume. Neither was looking for a specific type of job that required specific skills. The… continue…