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Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2012 about Social Graph

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Saturday 10th March 2012

  • Making the Real World Easier to Use

    by Dennis Crowley and MG Siegler

    The term "social media" is quickly becoming obsolete. The social graph is moving from our computers into the real world, and soon everything we experience will be overlaid with the thoughts and feelings of our friends. Early adopters are already starting to experience this phenomenon. For instance, foursquare alerts you when you're near places that your friends like, and provides you with suggestions from your friends on what to experience at those places. Other companies are attempting to create this type of engagement with television shows ("10 of your friends are watching!") and music. In this session, Dennis Crowley, Co-founder and CEO of foursquare, will have a conversation about how mobile technology is accelerating the social graph's move into the offline world, and how services like foursquare are taking this kind of augmented real-world exploration mainstream.

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Saturday 10th March

    In Exhibit Hall 5, Austin Convention Center

Monday 12th March 2012

  • Social Discovery: Implicit and Explicit Graphs

    by Ro Gupta, Eric Friedman and Mark Coatney

    The term “social graph” was coined originally to describe the network of connections we already knew we had such as friends on Facebook or professional contacts on LinkedIn.More recently, graphs that are inferred as a result of other primary activities – e.g. - commenting on a website (Disqus), expressing a taste preference (Foursquare), sharing a new website (Tumblr), etc. – have emerged in a big way, particularly in advancing discovery and recommendations. Even platforms for which explicit connections are core – e.g. Twitter, Tumblr, Foursquare and others – are realizing the value in the implicit relationships that form over time.Some of these actions are explicit, such as checking in, buying a product from amazon - both which influence the future experience on both services.We plan to delve into examples within Foursquare, Disqus, Tumblr, and others to provide an understanding of both implicit and explicit social graphs and actions.

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Monday 12th March

    In Texas Ballroom 1-3, Hyatt Regency Austin

  • Big Data + Social Graph

    by Eric Wheeler

    All we read about these days is the promise of “Big Data.” Companies like Google, Facebook, and Amazon are just beginning to tap into the mass information they possess, and one shudders to imagine just how much these companies know about what we’re up to online. There’s no telling how much data there currently is, and may become available in the future, and still no clear path on how to balance the opportunity with the risk. The only thing that is certain is that data is the hottest topic this industry’s seen in a long time – and all of the data in the world won’t help marketers without the right filter. The real power lies here: in the Social Graph. The Social Graph is the missing link between advertising and our interactions on the Web. By tapping into the social connections and relationships between a brand’s loyalists and her closest friends, the Social Graph revolutionizes the degree of advertising effectiveness, with infrastructure that respects consumer privacy.

    At 5:15pm to 5:30pm, Monday 12th March

    In Texas Ballroom 4-7, Hyatt Regency Austin