Happy Friday! Today is World Water Day – dedicated by the United Nations to raise awareness about issues affecting water and what we can do about it. charity: water is one of the top organizations making inroads into battling this cause.
Here’s what caught my eye today:
1. The Instagram blog brings us photos from around the world of people joining this incredible cause featuring photos from charity: water, Drop in the Bucket, and others. [Instagram]
2. Kiva is bringing its micro-lending service to the US. The new project, called Zip, allows small businesses to do micro-investments from the local neighborhood. Zip is building some social capital tools into the product, so that when borrowers repay their loans, they become “Trustees” and can endorse other small businesses. [TechCrunch]
3. Lessons from NorCal to SoCol: iterate, equity over cash, get off the phone, get out of the corner office, chase IP, and get on YouTube. A long-standing competition, the Hollywood of late has been taking notes from the business pages of Silicon Valley. Celebs such as Ben Stiller and Sarah Silverman are following this formula; digital content in Hollywood starts out on YouTube, then makes its way to to TV or film. Hollywood is also learning the concept of not just iteration, but multiple iterations. Get the product out there and fast, gain feedback from your customers, and iterate to a much better product for your customers in the end. [Fast Company]
4. Infographics and data. Does it get any better? Visual.ly has launched a new product that allows you to create infographics out of Google Analytics data. Now, you can be the star at those weekly team meetings. [TNW]
5. While on the topic of Google Analytics, the site has taken Universal Analytics out of beta. Universal Analytics allows customers to better analyze data coming from multiple devices. Check out Google’s official announcement. [Google]
6. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is opening a digital video game studio here in San Francisco. The studio’s focus will be creating games that will work across multiple platforms and devices. [TNW]
7. This guy is walking every single block of New York City. This is a pretty amazing, and adventurous challenge, to say the least. [GOOD] Check out some of the photos from the places he’s visited already here.
8. Facebook updates its cover photo policy; the 20% text rule is still in effect, but some of the old rules concerning calls-to-action, contact info, etc. have been modified. [Constant Contact]
9. Massive art installations are on the rise. First, the Bay Lights on the Bay Bridge in San Francisco, and now, a giant LED and glass display at the Seattle Art Museum. The art installation covers the northern and western exterior walls of the museum. [Wired]
10. TripAdvisor acquired storytelling app TinyPost in a move to become more visually social. TinyPost allowed users to add captions to photos and share with their network. TripAdvisor also purchased Wanderfly last year, and has continuously deepened its Facebook integration. [TNW]
What inspired you today?