I recently had a ton of fun participating in a community-building project with my buddy Alex “@podcasthotel” Williams. We created the “world’s first non-conference“, which we called “Not at SXSW”. @notatsxsw could be considered a reaction to the rejection of our plan for a super-inexpensive, viral-cum-guerrilla assault on SXSW ’09 for “a client”. When our plan was rejected, we figured what better way to prove our point about the value of social media than to go meta!
One of the things that inspired the project the most was the discovery of a new social app/library/API tool called Tarpipe, which I had heard about in the blitz of attention they were trying to get in the days leading up to SXSW Interactive. If you are into visual programming tools like Yahoo! Pipes, Apatar, or the Wire-It library, then a tool like Tarpipe is right up your alley. it allows you to do what those other data aggregation and processing tools do, but in reverse. So if you want to build a super-custom information dissemination tool which will post stuff six-ways-to-sunday across your social networks, or just have a little fun like we did with @notatsxsw, Tarpipe is right up your alley.
I’ll be giving a demonstration of how the @notatsxsw project was put together in just hours using Tarpipe, focusing especially on the photo submission tool I built which would have been much, much harder to do without it.
Tuesday April 28, 2009 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Oracle – 1211 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 800
6:15 Tarpipe discussion led by Uncle Nate DiNiro
6:45 Workshop: Have a problem? Want to talk about a specific tool?
Break into small groups to help each other