In a not-so surprising move, Instagram has rolled out web profiles for all users, allowing your friends (and stalkers) to check you out via desktop or mobile browser. This is great for folks that want to share their profile via other social media outlets with the recipient actually being able to follow you right from the site, rather than just the app. This also gives users a larger palette on which to edit your profile or view your past photos/comments. The URL address for your profile is just instagram.com/username. Our founder’s on Instagram under the @porhomme handle so be sure to check it out if you like.
Earlier today, Justin Timberlake tweeted a link to this teaser of the New MySpace to his 13+ million followers. The site, now been acquired by Specific Media for 15 months and partially owned by JT himself, gets a complete makeover and the aesthetics and user flow seem to take inspiration from two other social networks – Facebook and Tumblr. Users will be able to login via Facebook or Twitter with the option to bring photos or other information with them so you don’t need to build from unless you want to. Status updates look similar to the mobile app Path, with photos largely displayed and user comments showing up underneath. There’s also a music component which allows you to browse albums, find popular songs and artists and more. Want access? Get in line at new.myspace.com.
From Hodinkee, the online publication that brought you a completely new and fresh perspective on what you read about watches, comes a site redesign that will change how you read it. We’ve seen sites go through redesigns in the past but the difference here is that Hodinkee really put their users first and branched every single alteration from that. The new Hodinkee.com is what every “online magazine” should look like. At the top of the page, there’s a full-width image that corresponds with the most recent post and updates as you navigate through categories and brands. The fun doesn’t stop there as users are blessed with a new top navigation bar that allows users to access some of the site’s most exclusive and popular content in one click through the Plus(+) drop down. You can now search through categories and popular brands. Yep, want to see all of Hodinkee’s news on IWC? Look for Popular Brands in the top navigation and you’re there.
These are just a few of the several enhancements Hodinkee.com has brought with their latest redesign. There’s an intro video below worth checking out before you dig into the finest watch content on the planet.
The new Levi’s Vintage Clothing website launched today, giving us direct access to the entire LVC collection. Beyond being able to run through all the LVC goods your eyes can handle, the site also offers up some knowledge on the iconic 501 jeans, history of the Levi’s brand, and see some images from the Levi’s historical archives, all in one place. Aesthetically, the site is really one of the most appealing brand sites we’ve come across in recent times. The LVC design team did all the illustrations for the products and the final result is really something special. We’d expect nothing less from these guys.
Josh Spear turns us to GigLocator, a smart site that’s sure to change the way we buy concert tickets. “Our intelligent system is able to match you to the gigs that’ll interest you, the more gigs you attend, the better the results GigLocator is able to offer to you. It doesn’t just stop there, you can also find people who live near you who also like the same music as you.” Social media’s come to the live-music spectrum, it’s getting a warm welcome from us.
Head to GigLocator and see what we’ve all been missing.
With Digg going apesh!t on their URL shortening service not too long ago and tinyurl being so damn consistent, Coca-Cola‘s thinking it’s time you give their URL shortening service a shot. “As social media continues to evolve we have increasingly smaller spaces to get our messages across. Coke URL is just one way we’re making happiness easier to share.”
Check it out here.
BoutiqueCycles.com is a user submitted gallery dedicated to custom and boutique bikes. Two bike enthusiasts from Sydney, Australia had this bright idea and we are loving some of the submissions. Editors’ Choice awards are given to the best bikes submitted in their category, bringing some excitement to the realm.
The fixed gear bicycle pictured above is an Affinity Masterpiece and happens to be this month’s Editors’ Choice. There’s been much work put into the customization of this beauty, leaving us yearning for more goodness.
Check out Boutique Cycles for more great bikes.
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Adverblog turns us to GetYourBasketballOn.com, a site that’s dedicated to Leroy Smith, the kid that took the last spot for the varsity basketball team at Emsley A. Laney High School, leaving Michael Jordan out and quite possibily pushing him to become the basketball legend we know him to be now. There’s a whole lot going on over at the site, including a two-on-two video game, DVDs for sale and practical drills. There’s even a petition asking people so that Leroy can get inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
The site’s registrant is Nike so what should we make of this, a new Jordan shoe waiting in the wings?
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