South By Southwest Interactive festival - and several different services will be competing to show you where you can find your friends at the big event. Only one app, though, is focused on displaying your location down to the level of where you are sitting!Thousands upon thousands of people will be in Austin, Texas next month for the
SitBy.Us is a web and mobile web application that lets you peruse the SXSW panel, keynote and party schedules, check in to rooms and locations, identify where in the big crowded rooms and parties you are sitting. Then it lets you see which of your friends from Twitter are there too and where. The service is a little unstable right now, but it looks like the kind of thing that's going to get slammed in Austin.
SitBy.Us was built by a San Francisco/Chicago design and development shop called WeightShift. WeightShift has done work for Mozilla, Wordpress and others and has a strategic partnership with leading design firm Happy Cog.
If you're going to SXSW you'll have a lot of options for sharing your location and plans: Twitter, Facebook, FourSquare, Gowalla, Plancast and probably others. But I wouldn't be surprised if a whole lot of people are on SitBy.Us. Its use of your existing social connections on Twitter and its very unique value proposition make it sound like a whole lot of fun.
I found out about SitBy.Us from Portland, Oregon's Josh Pyles. I'm going to figure out where he's sitting in Austin and thank him.
You can make friends with the ReadWriteWeb team on Twitter, and thus find out where we're sitting in Austin, via the RWW Team list. Sit by us! :)