But sitting around doing nothing isn't my specialty, and I admit it's been hard to sit on the sidelines and miss two things I really wish I wasn't missing: SXSW and ASAE's Great Ideas conference. Granted, I would have had to pick one or the other either way, and to be honest I don't have any real desire to go to Austin other than to socialize...so I guess missing Great Ideas was the greater loss. I wasn't planning on going anyway, but somehow being stuck at home while also missing it makes missing it even worse.
But all is not lost; thanks to the trusty interwebs I've learned about several shiny new things this past week, despite being not at either conference:
- Wish Flash worked on your iPad or iPhone? There's now an app for that: iSwifter.
- Google is going to be launching a new social network called Circles. The great thing about it is supposed to be the way it allows you to share information the way you do in real life: e.g. some stuff for work, some stuff personal, etc. I personally will believe it's the next great thing/Facebook killer when I see it, after being totally underwhelmed by both Buzz and Wave.
- Foursquare got a supposedly great new upgrade, which includes stuff like recommendations and deals. While I wasn't super-impressed, I admit it kind of reinvigorated my interest in Foursquare. I still think it's kind of a bum deal for users--I've spent more time than I like to admit checking in on Foursquare and still have exactly zero free or even discount things to show for it after a year and a half using it pretty faithfully.