Here's some fun apps, links, and tricks to try if you're headed down to Austin this weekend, and if you're not.
If You're Going:
Is Scoble In this Room? Is legendary socialmediahead (and former Fast Company columnist) Robert Scoble in the same room with you RIGHT THIS MINUTE? Find out. http://www.isscobleinthisroom.com/
Follow the Most influential individuals at SXSW on Twitter: According to O'Reilly Media, this year the usual suspects (Chris Brogan, Guy Kawasaki) are joined by The Office star Rainn Wilson.
Download the Groundlink car service app and get $10 car rides around town.
"Hug a stranger for 5 seconds." The Situationist is an app that spurs you to interact with others in odd ways reminiscent of the 1960s bohemian absurdists for which it is named.
And, If You're Not:
Mute "OMG Breakfast taco blah blah blah" updates on Twitter by keyword: Tweetagora, Muuter.