Category Archives: Site Reviews

Felt – send handwritten cards from your iPad via SxSW 2014

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Felt was a finalist in the Accelerator Social Technology category at SxSW 2014.  This iPad application lets you create handwritten cards that are mailed for you.

Using their pretty slick iPad application, you choose the type of event card you want to send from Felt, including awesome artwork ones that can be used for anything. I like the fact they offer cards that are not just built around holidays and events, yet have very good artwork.  You can also find some simple ones.

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Ferris – a video app for living stories from SxSW 2014

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Ferris was at the SxSW 2014 Accelerator showing off their living story video app. We look at use cases and how it works. It is just in beta now.

The Ferris idea is based around multiple people recording at the same time and geographic location.

Ferris is a stunning mobile video app for creating and contributing to living stories. Ferris joins together relevant mobile video clips based on location, time, topic and category to create a fluid, evolving and interactive stream of relevant content.

Once a video is posted to Ferris, it self-updates, joining any number of streams based on user, location, date and time, hashtag and category. Each person’s video is automatically woven into a single, united narrative for the most unique view of the world around them.

Samba.me launches for SxSW and accesses your contacts

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Samba.me first entered the iTunes store in February 2014 and are preparing for a SxSW appearance for the first time. A privacy policy for the app worries us. They collect both anonymous and identifiable information.

The Samba.me service is a video sharing platform that records the reaction of the receiver and sends it back to the sender. For example I record a skating video (maximum time is 16 seconds) with a person falling. I send the video to a friend via the Samba.me app. When they watch the video it is simultaneously recording their reaction to the video. This recording is then sent right back to me for viewing.

What was interesting was the access and information it needed when performing these features

Would you hand over 30,000 Instagram followers for free?

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How much are 30,000 real Instragram followers worth? Apparently free to young artist Luz, courtesy for SuicideGirl Carrina Vargas.  With everyone putting a dollar value on the number of social media followers across the networks, you see brands and people try to build followers and sell or leverage them to sell advertising.  No one just hands the account over freely do they?

Well I watched Noelle (formerly @carrinavargas on Instagram and now do just that. She made one final post as she started a new account and said goodbye to her fans.

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So what happened to the followers that had taken the time to click that blue follow button on Instagram turning it green when Noelle happily turned her account over to the young aspiring artist named Luz?