An Exciting Launch at SXSW

Needless to say, the official ^ public launch at South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive was an exciting time for us. Austin is quite lively for the week and a half that the conference and festival takes places people were eager to network, discover what’s new, and share their ideas with like-minded individuals. It was the perfect place to reveal ^IfMine to the world, as we’re all about connecting people that know with people that do.

^IfMine at SXSW Collage

Brian Scavo was on the streets of Austin handing out free ^IfMine t-shirts, and so we’ve chronicled some of the smiling faces that stopped by to grab one. To see how fun our SXSW visit was, check out our Twitter feed from the last few days. Also, check out the photo album on Flickr, Instagram, or in the slideshow below!

The ^IfMine Mashup: Critiques

Where do you go when you need a critique? Whether you want feedback on your photography, a school report or any project you’re working on, a good critique can help you reach success.

Let’s take a closer look at critiques in today’s ^IfMine Mashup.


How to Ask Someone to Critique Your Work:  A photo critique is a detailed look at a photo or a group of photos. The person critiquing should point out what they like and don’t like about the work, and offer suggestions for improvement. Read more at Tocofi.

Also see: Where to Share Your Ideas

How Can I Learn to Take Criticism Without Taking It Personally?:  Look at criticism as a chance to grow and get better—or even to surpass the person delivering the critique. It’s easier said than done, but knowing your strengths and being ready to hear and accept your weaknesses is the most powerful thing you can do. Read more at Lifehacker.

How to Self-Critique Your Design Projects:  Self-critique is checking on your own design, searching for flaws and other points to improve. Wikipedia defines it as “auto-critique that refers to the pointing out of things critical/important to one’s own beliefs, thoughts, actions, behaviour or results; it can form part of private, personal reflection or a group discussion”.  Read more at Naldz Graphics.

Also see: 5 Simple Ways to Help People Succeed

Avoid Problem Solving For Better Critiques:  Good critique comes from mutual understanding. The primary goal of any critique should be improved understanding, specifically the improved understanding of the creators on how the design choices they’ve made so far are working to achieve or not achieve their goals.  Read more at Discussing Design.

Visit ^IfMine to share ideas, receive feedback on your projects and offer constructive criticism to help others succeed.

How Much Information Do You Share?

Humans have an inner desire to connect with others and the Internet makes it easy. Good things…incredible things happen when great minds align and collaborate together.

Ten years ago, much of the world was unconnected. Facebook and Twitter didn’t exist. I hesitated to share my full name online. I was simply D H.

Prison Planet

Now, I blast off status updates, have hundreds of photographs displayed around the web and openly share ideas with other people.

However, I’m not an open-book. Important life details are private and it’s a rare occasion when I publicly announce my location away from home.

According to, 90% of adults think people are sharing too much information.

Are People Sharing Too Much Online?
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How much information do you share about yourself? What do you keep private? Have you benefited from people you’ve connected with online? Let us know. Find us on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. We want to hear from you.

Photo Source: AZRainman

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