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Mar 6th 2012

What to Watch at SXSW 2012 Interactive

It's that time of year again when thousands of the world's most creative digital minds descend on Austin, Texas for networking, inspiration, and a little bit of BBQ. I'm talking, of course, about SXSW, the conference that brings like minded people from the worlds of digital, music and film together each March to commiserate over thousands of panels, screenings, and live performances covering a whole wealth of different topics.

I'll be joining a small team of AOLers who will be in Austin for the Interactive portion of the conference, and we'll be posting dispatches from the event here and on our Advertising blog as well. (We'll also be hosting an Artist Showcase for AOL Music on March 15th, but we will share news around that event soon!)

Before we get started, if you're lucky enough to attend, I'd recommend that you utilize a scheduling tool like Sched's Unofficial SXSW Guide, presented by our friends at MapQuest Vibe, the native SXSW Go App, available for iPad, iPhone and Android, Blackberry and Windows Mobile 7 or Lanyrd, which helps you figure out which panels your friends are attending. All of these apps will help keep track of where you need to be, and when, as you bounce around all 15 different SXSW campuses spread throughout the city of Austin. If you're attending for the first time, check out SXSW's First-Timer's Guide to SXSW, and buddy up with someone who has gone before. It is extremely helpful!

Without further adieu, here are my suggestions for panels to check out to get you started (all require a SXSW Interactive badge unless otherwise noted)!

March 8th | March 9th | March 10th | March 11th | March 12th | March 13th


March 8th:

March 9th:

March 10th:

March 11th:

March 12th:

March 13th:
  • 11:00am at Sheraton Austin: Media professionals from The Week, New York Observer, Ad Age, and Slate discuss a key question of our time: Is Aggregation Theft?

There are tons of other events that are worth attending (I am still filling up my calendar), so I encourage you to view the full SXSW schedule by clicking here and adding your favorites!

Stay tuned to updates from SXSW Interactive 2012 by following me on Twitter, following #aolsxsw, @AOLAdvertising and @AOLPR on Twitter for the latest content updates from panels, and daily updates during SXSW Interactive on this section of the blog. Hope to see you there!

Dec 1st 2011

Support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® with AOL and about.me


The holidays are a time for giving. So there is no better time than now to use your about.me page to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. And AOL will donate $1 for every page created or updated to support St. Jude (up to 10,000 pages). Details on the program below, but first, here's why we support St. Jude.

"No child should die in the dawn of life."

These are famous words from St. Jude founder and entertainer Danny Thomas, who opened St. Jude in 1962 with the intention of helping children of all races, backgrounds and religions. At AOL and about.me, we have a deep respect for the amazing impact Danny Thomas has had on children around the world.

No family ever pays St. Jude for care.

St. Jude also covers the cost of travel, housing and meals for each patient and a family member.

"Today, the childhood survival rate for cancer has increased to more than 80%"

But this wasn't always the case. Working together under one roof, St. Jude physicians and scientists have pioneered treatments that have helped push the overall survival rates for childhood cancers from less than 20 percent when the hospital opened in 1962 to 80 percent today. The survival rate for the most common form of childhood cancer, acute lymphoblastic leukemia, has risen from just 4 percent in 1962 to 94 percent today.

What AOL does to help

AOL is a key partner for St. Jude, donating millions in in-kind donations since we began supporting St. Jude in 2006. This year, we donated 20 mobile computing carts so the children can stay in touch with their friends and families. One St. Jude patient used one of the computer labs to Skype with her family back home in Jordan, who could not make it to Memphis to be with her.

What you can do to help

We've created two new background images and added them to Gallery Backgrounds. If you have already have an about.me page, change your background image to one featuring St. Jude and share with your friends on Facebook, Twitter and your email address book. Or, create a new page to raise awareness for the cause with one of the new background images. For every page that is made to support St. Jude, AOL will donate $1 (up to $10,000).
Here's what one page looks like:

Here's how you can support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital:

1. Create an about.me page (if you don't have one already)
2. Change you background to a St. Jude Image (in your image gallery)
3. Update your headline to: "Join me to help St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Find Cures and Save Children"
4. In you bio – write a statement about why you support St. Jude
5. Add a custom URL to your services section that links to the St. Jude fundraising page: https://shop.stjude.org/GiftCatalog/donation.do?cID=13805&pID=19012&sc_cid=tgbnn73&tngsourcecode=THWAOLDO12&plt=THWAOLDO198
6. Share it with your friends and family
7. Share on Twitter, copy in @aboutdotme and @stjude
8. Post on Facebook, tag aboutdotme and stjude
9. Email it to your address book: about.me/share

Please join us in supporting this great organization and cause. And if you know anyone who you think would be interested in supporting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, please forward this post to them.

Or, you can also help us support St. Jude by Donating Now!

Thanks!

(This post originally ran on the about.me Blog.)

Nov 2nd 2011

Announcing...AV on about.me


Our latest service adds a new contact feature to your about.me page – AV video chat! AV is a simple, fun way to video chat with up to three other people.


We kept the feature lightweight and easy to use. To add video chat to your page, head to the new "Contact" tab in your Edit Profile view. Check the box to "Allow" visitors to send you chat requests via AV.

When checked, anyone who visits your page can request a Video Chat by clicking the button. An email is sent, with a link to access the shared chat, provided by AV by AOL.

No downloads or account creation is necessary – anyone with a video camera enabled can use video chat!

(This post originally ran on the about.me blog.)

Oct 10th 2011

Introducing...The New Faces Of about.me!

The about.me team would like to CONGRATULATE and WELCOME the new faces of about.me! They all worked tirelessly promoting their pages over the four weeks of our contest.

Without further ado, meet our winners:



Runners Up
Cenk Uygur
Brooke Woods
Dumptruck
Freeman's Fitness
Lisa Foiles
Brad Starks
John Romaniello

All ten profiles will be featured on our digital billboard in Times Square beginning October 8th. The three grand prize winners are being flown to New York City to see the billboard in action and attend our exclusive about.me event. Keep an eye out for a follow up post with pictures and a recap of our winners in Times Square!

The team would like to send a huge THANK YOU to everyone who participated in this contest. We saw some amazing profiles and are so impressed with the about.me community. If you didn't win this time around, never fear! We will have more opportunities to show off your about.me page in the future, so stay tuned!

(This post was originally posted on The about.me blog)

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