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Glimpse 2014: What is the Future of Social Discovery?

Glimpse 2014: What is the Future of Social Discovery?

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Social discovery is the ability to discover people and events near you, in real time, by customizing interests, and all of these criteria are constantly being utilized in the development of new apps. This concept has virtually transformed the lives of millions of folks across the world and is continuing to evolve. So, what’s next for social discovery? How are these apps affecting our privacy and how will these continue to evolve? A panel of experts will share their industry knowledge and provide thoughts and insights on this growing trend at the Glimpse conference in San Francisco today.

See the full agenda here.
Glimpse: The Social Discovery Conference is the first conference focused on the future of how people live, decide and buy using social technologies. Glimpse brings together an intimate group of investors and entrepreneurs who make the decisions about how their companies will engage social in the years to come along with top-tier media and pundits who predict what’s next in social discovery.

Social discovery is a hot topic in the tech world. Last week, Apple bought Spotsetter, a socially-sourced discovery engine for locations. Spotsetter’s service comes from multiple sources, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Foursquare, to provide both reviews of locations and recommendations based on your friends’ input. Spotsetter is one of many social discovery tools, along with other websites like Tagged, MeetMe, and Badoo.

“What is the Future of Social Discovery” will be moderated by Josh Constine, writer for TechCrunch.

Panelists are:

Susan Etlinger, Industry Analyst at Altimeter Group  Susan Etlinger is an industry analyst with Altimeter Group where she focuses on social data intelligence, analytics and strategy. She conducts independent research on these topics and is the author of several related research reports available for download at, on her blog,, and on SlideShare. Susan works with global 2000 clients to incorporate social data analytics into organizational culture and practice.

Matthew Lynley, Reporter for Buzzfeed  Lynley is a reporter for Buzzfeed’s business section and a graduate from UNC-Chapel Hill, covering technology and media. He’s currently also dabbling in Web (Python) and Android development.

Sarah Frier, Reporter for Bloomberg  Frier is Bloomberg’s reporter covering Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and startups. Her stories show up on the Bloomberg terminal, and She occasionally appears on Bloomberg TV and have articles published in Bloomberg Businessweek magazine. Previously, she covered IBM and east coast technology. She’s also reported on health insurance companies and the municipal bond market.

JP Mangalindan, Writer at Fortune Magazine  At Fortune, JP writes about tech — the companies, people, products, services and trends of note. JP has also worked for GQ, Fast Company, and Entertainment Weekly.

Kurt Wagner, Social Media Reporter at Mashable  Kurt works as the social media beat reporter with Mashable covering news and trends around companies like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest. His experience within the news industry includes television, newspaper, and magazine reporting.

Owen Thomas, Editor-in-Chief at ReadWrite  Owen Thomas has been called everything from the “Al Qaeda of Silicon Valley” to the “Perez Hilton of Silicon Valley.” Owen says, “What all that chatter really means: I’m very good at digging up the stories people care about and relating them in accessible ways, both on the Web and in front of the camera. Many people think of me primarily as a writer. But I’m also an experienced editor and editorial manager, and I’m extremely proud of the talent I’ve helped nurture over the years. I’m also very good at the detail work required to fix broken newsroom processes and design entirely new ones.”

Casey Newton, Senior Reporter at The Verge  Prior to working for The Verge, Casey Newton worked for CNET, the SF Chronicle, and The Arizona Republic.

Doug MacMillon, Reporter at The Wall Street Journal  Doug is a Technology Report for Wall Street Journal. Prior to joining WSJ in October 2013, MacMillon worked as a Technology Reporter for Bloomberg where he wrote over 40 technology-related stories for Bloomberg Businessweek magazine and contributed to more than 60 breaking news stories for Bloomberg News.