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Sunday, March 20, 2011

SXSWi 2011: Noteworthy Exhibitor Profiles

The following is a list of exhibiting vendors or other companies that presented at panel sessions and captured my attention at the SXSW Interactive event -- earlier this week in Austin, Texas.

I encourage you to check out their Web sites to learn more.

LeNewz is based on data discovery technology that mines and analyzes news feeds to identify main topics and group them into a picture. The power of leNewz is twofold: it summarizes today's news on a single screen, and enables zooming in and out of news pages from multiple media sources.

Storify is a way to tell stories using social media such as Tweets, photos and videos. You search multiple social networks from one place, and then drag individual elements into your story. You can re-order the elements and also add text to give context to your readers.

Yapper allows anyone to simply build mobile applications without writing a single line of code. It goes beyond simple mobile apps to offer a mobile publishing platform for media organizations, publishers and brands to mobilize content, socialize and build community.

Udemy enable anyone to teach and learn online. In less than 5 minutes, you can create your own online course. You can upload presentations, videos, host live classroom sessions and write articles. It's fast, easy and free.

Next Big Sound provides a centralized place to monitor all the behavior and activity happening for music artists -- both online and off. Search and compare online music data for the hundreds of thousands of artists in their database in real-time.

Buzzdeck is a powerful analytics tool for music artists, managers and record labels. Find out exact correlation between sales, social network activity and online buzz. Gig events are automatically imported from Songkick, MySpace and last.fm

Get-ctrl works on the principle that the music artist's official website is the focus of all activity; as this is the only place online where everything is owned by the artist. No data is hidden, you control the way it looks -- and it's free.

Shuffler aggregates music from around the web by genre. Go to their home page and see a list of channels. They are like radio channels but divided by genre. When you click on a channel they send you to a blog post and start playing one of the songs mentioned on that post.

The UK Interactive Mission included several other interesting companies that were visiting the event this year. BritishMusic.biz is a portal representing the British Music trade partners, their website is dedicated to encouraging and promoting the export of British Music overseas.