SXSW 2010: Nina Hartley – Porn Star, Sex Educator, Social Networker

Yes, we also talked about sex at SXSW. Nina Hartley, porn star, sex educator and social networker lead a panel session on the impact of the internet and social media on the porno industry. Nina uses her knowledge and experience, both as an actrice and a nurse, for sexual education.

“In the US there is no sex education in schools, so when young poeople get out of school they are very ignorant  about their body, about relationships and about contraception.” Watching porno is for them a way to educate themselves. But that is a bad idea, accoridng to Nina, because porno is entertainment and doesn’t have much to do with reality. This situation inspired Nina to the ‘Nina Hartley Guides’, a series of educational videos about sex. Not without success, because the series gave her a lot of fans and admirers (of both sexes). Until recently, she could only get in contact with her fans through conventions and other meetings, but today social media gives her the opportunity to get in contact with them more frequently and more personal. Nina initiated the online community ‘‘ and the online TV show ‘‘ which will have their official launch on March 29, 2010.

Fiercesome location war at SXSW

We couldn’t help joining it as well. With so many devices, people connected and location based services it’s hard not to do so. What am I talking about? Location based services. I’m talking Foursquare, Gowalla, Brightkite, Flickr geotagging, geotagged tweets from Twitter, etc. It certainly was a ‘look-who’s-here-fest in Austin.

The people from SimpleGeo made an awesome video about the process, using their innovative data visualization tool. Clearly visible is the location war between Foursquare and Gowalla:

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