Cliqset has produced this nifty web app that aggregates status updates and check-ins sent from people in and around Austin to all of the different major location-sharing services — Gowalla, Foursquare, Twitter, Brightkite and of course Cliqset. It’s called Cliqset Crowd
It’s a nice tool you can use to get in on the location sharing game if you, like me, are one of those people who prefers to observe from the outside. With this all inclusive map, you certainly won’t miss anything big.
If you’re headed down to SXSWi, here’s what Webmonkey will be checking out. If you’re not going this year, you’ll be able to follow along from home here on the blog and everywhere else on the intertubes using the hashtags #sxsw, #sxswi and #sxsw2010.
Scott Gilbertson will be holding down the daily coverage on the blog while I’m attending these (and other) fabulous SXSW events. I’ll also be tweeting as @webmonkey whenever anything interesting happens, which should be often. So stay tuned!
We’re giving away a pair of passes to Google I/O today.
A little over a week ago, we kicked off our contest, encouraging you to send us any HTML5 web apps or Google Chrome browser extensions you’ve built. Alternatively, we asked you to tell us how you’d describe a web app to your grandmother. We got a heap of submissions, but we worked our way through the field and picked two winners.
Abraham Williams and Mike Cantelon will be heading to Google’s premiere developer event, which takes place May 19 and 20 at Moscone Center in San Francisco, free of charge.
Here are the winning apps, chosen by the Webmonkey staff, along with a couple of honorable mentions:
Williams came up with this cool extension for Chrome that shows additional information about a user’s followers on Twitter — in particular, it shows where you and another user’s social graphs overlap. Install the extension and visit somebody’s Twitter profile page. You’ll see additional grids loading below their stack of followers. You see which of your friends are also following that user, which friends you have in common and which followers you have in common. It’s an excellent social discovery tool for Twitter power users, and the best extension for Twitter’s stock web interface we’ve seen yet. Congrats, Abraham!
If you live in or near San Francisco, or if you have the means to get here, you can win one of the two passes we’re giving away. Each one is worth $500! Here’s the deal:
Submit a link to something cool you’ve built using HTML5 — a web app, a canvas demo, an audio or video demo, a mobile app that uses geolocation. It has to be your own work, and it has to be somewhere on the public web.
Or, submit a link to a Google Chrome extension you’ve built. Tell us what it does and why it’s awesome.
Or, tell us how you would explain what a “web app” is to your grandmother. Let’s assume your grandmother is a nontechnical web user — you can’t use the word “application” or any acronyms, just plain English. (Yes, your submission has to be in English).
To participate, leave a comment on this post, send a tweet to @webmonkey, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Whatever you do, make sure your contact information is easily accessible. A valid e-mail address or URL is a must if you want to collect your prize.
Keep in mind, Google I/O is in San Francisco, and we’re only giving away a ticket to get you in — we’re not paying for flights or hotels, though we will pass along some free Webmonkey swag at the conference. And, OK, we’ll buy you a taco if you ask nice. Also, your ticket is nontransferable.
We’ll pick two winners in a few days, so enter early and don’t miss out.
Google has announced details for the next Google I/O, the company’s largest developer event. It runs May 19 and 20, 2010, at Moscone Center in San Francisco. Registration is $400 now, but the price goes up to $500 a month before the event, so register early. Students and faculty can get in for $100, but you have to act quickly.
I/O is two days of Google’s big ideas. Past events have been the forum for Android’s coming out party, the debut of Google Wave and VP of engineering Vic Gundotra’s epic HTML5 keynote, which showed off everything the HTML5 stack can do in the browser. The excitement has grown to be huge, much like the Stevenotes from many a Macworld past.
Last year, everyone got a free Android touchscreen phone. The official @googleio Twitter account has been pegged with questions about what’s going to be given away this year, but whoever is operating that feed at Google says there are no plans for giveaways at this year’s event.
Of course, if Google was planning on giving away something extra cool, why would it spoil the surprise?