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Apps to Watch at SXSW

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SXSW is an excellent launch pad for apps and new ideas. Applications like Foursquare, Twitter and GroupMe were launched into Internet stardom in the past at the annual music and interactive conference in Austin, TX. New apps and start ups head to the SXSW conference every year in hopes of achieving such recognition. Mashable points out [URL="http://mashable.com/2012/03/06/apps-sxsw-2012/"]7 apps to watch at SXSW[/URL].

[B]1. Highlight:[/B] After users connect their Facebook profiles, iOS app [URL="http://mashable.com/2012/01/24/highlight/"]Highlight[/URL] will automatically push their basic information to other people who use the app. Users can choose to make their information accessible to either everyone or friends of friends.

[B]2. Pixable:[/B] [URL="http://mashable.com/tag/pixable/"]Pixable[/URL] isn’t a photo-sharing app, it’s a photo-consuming app. It sorts images from your Facebook and Twitter feeds into piles such as “Top of the Day,” “New on Twitter” and “New Profile Pics,” making them easy to view and interact with.

[B]3. Localmind: [/B][URL="http://www.localmind.com/"]Localmind[/URL] is a location-based Q&A platform. It lets users ask questions related to specific locations to other users who are actually at those locations.

[B]4. Sonar:[/B] [URL="http://www.sonar.me/"]Sonar[/URL] uses Foursquare, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook data to tell you who is nearby and how you’re connected. Because it uses data from public posts on social media, its scope extends further than its userbase. It can show you, for instance, which friends you have in common with other people in the room — even if those people don’t also use Sonar.

[B]5. Zaarly and Taskrabbit:[/B] Both services are location-based, mobile marketplaces. You can use them to find people who will run your errands — quite a useful trick when you’re frantically running between panels and parties.

[B]6. Banjo: [/B][URL="http://mashable.com/2011/06/22/banjo/"]Banjo[/URL] connects to your Foursquare, Facebook, Twitter and Gowalla accounts and sends you a push notification when any of your friends are nearby. Users can set a specific radius to qualify as “nearby” and pause notifications.

[B]7. Forecast:[/B] The [URL="http://foreca.st/"]Android and iPhone app[/URL] asks users make “Forecasts” — what they plan to do at a specific time. Those Forecasts are broadcast to their friends, and can serve as informal invitations to join. Friends can accept them by clicking a “me too” button, and when they arrive, can check in the same way they would on Foursquare.

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