Twitter CEO Evan Williams @ SXSW

This is old news, but Evan Williams announced @anywhere – a new Twitter service – at SXSW keynote on Monday. From what the KXAN reporter said it sounds like people weren’t thrilled with what Williams had to say. We all knew about @anywhere before today and an announcement at SXSW is like retelling a news story a day later.

Williams debuted Twitter’s new @anywhere service, which boasts better user integration with Twitter on 13 various Web sites like The New York Times and Yahoo.

…But many people went back into the world leaving the presentation not caring much for what Twitter’s CEO had to say. Twitter was buzzing with disappointment Monday after the talk. Source: Twitter co-founder speaks at SXSW|KXAN.com

What the reporter failed to note was the mob-style backchannel SXSW has become know for. From Gawker.com it sounds like people were more than disappointed, they were ready to throw things.

This year’s victim: Umair Haque, the Harvard wonk whose interview with Twitter’s CEO just turned into a virtual stoning. Source: Vicious Techies Devour Another Victim|gawker.com

AT&T Versus 15,000 Data-Crazed Velociraptors

Source: The Real War At SXSW: AT&T Versus 15,000 Data-Crazed Velociraptors | TechCrunch

AT&T’s struggles to stay up last year are well-documented. CNN recently ran a piece about how AT&T hopes to avoid a similar fate this year. But actually, “struggles” is way too kind of a word.

I must be psychic or something. TechCrunch ran this article yesterday, at the same time I wrote Buzzwords for SXSWi and CNET ran theirs. They also wrote an article on March 9, about Location Wars.

When 15,000 people are trying to use 3G in downtown Austin things get “a little” dicey. My co-worker at SXSW said he heard that AT&T would step it up this year. So far he’s sending tweets, but I don’t know if he’s on their network or not.

This topic is so hot that it’s trending on Twitter, at least until they crash Austin’s network or Twitter.

Buzzwords for SXSWi 2010: Geolocation, Check In

I wont be at SXSW this year, but I’ll be able to find my tweeple there. Two companies, Foursquare and Gowalla, plan to push geolocation at this year’s SXSW Interactive Festival.

Eighteen months ago, neither Gowalla nor Foursquare existed. But their similar “geolocation” mobile apps, which let users “check in” from their smartphones, share their location with their friends, and compete to earn virtual goods (in Gowalla) and “badges” (in Foursquare), are two of the hottest start-ups in the tech world. They’re in aggressive competition to be SXSWi’s big standout, making the digital-culture bonanza’s Texas-sized showmanship even bigger than usual. Source: SXSWi: Let the geolocation games begin | CNET News.

Geolocating apps were present at last year’s SXSW, but they were more beta tests than full scale applications. As big as I may make it, these two startups are the only players in the game. Some of the heavy weights are looking seriously at geolocation for targeting ads and other applications.

Geolocation is unlike anything the Web has ever seen, but it’s likely that the rush to dominate the space will pan out in a way similar to any other big development in social media. We’ve seen (and in some cases continue to see) the personal Web page wars, the blog platform wars, the social-network wars, the real-time-streaming wars, and the social-gaming wars. Like its predecessors, the geolocation wars will see major, complicated privacy concerns. There will be more hand-wringing from start-ups who don’t believe it when a company like Facebook (presumably) says they don’t want to snuff out third-party services. There will be poorly spent venture capital and ad dollars. And eventually, there will be winners.

But for now, Foursquare and Gowalla can enjoy their week of attention at SXSWi, giving out free T-shirts, turning on the taps at open bars, and wooing potential marketing partners. Their executives can get a little drunk, and it probably won’t matter; in the long run, a week in Austin won’t mean much. Source: In geolocation wars, SXSWi is mere skirmish | CNET News.

So, I’ll search for the hastags #sxswi and #geoloco, and I’ll follow @gowalla and @foursquare, but I have a feeling something else will rawk the SXSWi world. Check in and stay tuned.