Going to SXSW11? Get this on panel on your calendar (Tues, Mar 15)

Internets, How Do They Work?: Lessons from ROFLCon

What do you learn when you get the entire internet together in one room? In this panel, the cofounders of ROFLCon (Tim Hwang and Christina Xu) will share what they’ve learned from cramming the internet’s celebrities, content creators, and community organizers into the same space as their fans and the academics that study it all. We will give you the condensed, Cliff Notes version of what guests like moot, Mahir Cagri, Ben Huh, Tron Guy, and Autotune the News have revealed about the currents at work underneath the internet universe. Beyond merely sharing some moments and the usual pictures of funny cats, we’re also going to focus in a bit on the even more amusing backstage of putting something like this on. What have we learned? How are we thinking about events around internet culture now? And how/why did we get Leeroy Jenkins to do our conference security? This panel will also be taking a step back to grapple with some of the questions that have emerged as the most important in our dealings with the internet at ROFLCon: what happens when internet culture becomes big business? What counts as an “internet culture”? What are the ethics of operating in this evolving ecosystem?

Our very own Christina Xu, of breadpig, will be rocking it with Diana Kimball & Tim Hwang, her cohorts of ROFLCON fame.

When Life Imitates Art: Using @thehipmunk to see your honey

I absolutely loved seeing this tweet today.


Not only is it a wonderful hipmunk promoting our flight search, but he's using it for essentially the same motive (seeing one's honey) as posited by Miguel Hernandez (GrumoMedia) in the "What is Hipmunk?" video he made:

If you haven't tried hipmunk yet, please think of it the next time you want an agony-free way to find a flight to see your honey. And tell me if you didn't absolutely love it.

What is up with the chipmunk wearing aviator goggles? @Jaunted high-5s us, digitally speaking

What's up with the chipmunk wearing aviator goggles? Oh, he's just the mascot of new-ish flight search site Hipmunk.com. We've been kind of obsessed with it the last few weeks, and for good reason. Hipmunk is a very cleanly designed site, like if Kayak and Google Search had a baby, and made it display plane ticket options in very appealing ways.

"It's easy, it's fresh, it's informative without inducing headaches, and—perhaps most uniquely—Hipmunk is actually cute."

Why thank you, Jaunted!

One of these days, I'm going to publish my 'making of hipmunk' images so you can see the different iterations of our mascot. For now, I'll keep being tickled by how many people gush about how cute it is (true-story: if it weren't for a good friend of mine, our hero may still look like a bear with buckteeth).

Combine a memorable brand with a killer product/service and I reckon you've got a force to be... well... reckoned with. At least, that's what we're hoping for with hipmunk (and you've got to admit, Steve & Adam did a killer job with the elegant, fast, and user-focused search).

Thanks to all of you who've been rooting for us from the beginning. It's much appreciated -- especially those of you who've told friends, family, or total strangers. You rock. Seriously. In fact, email me about that, because I'd like to thank you.