Location is going to be a very popular topic this year at SXSW Interactive. It's no surprise really. Geolocation features and applications are changing how we interact and consume information. These changes can be seen in the way news stories get reported, location data is visualized in near real-time (like how busy one coffee shop is over another), or something as simple as adjusting your evening plans by figuring out what restaurant your friends are at.

The "Time + Social + Location. What's Next In Mobile Experiences?" panel will be talking about the above topics and more. The panel includes Greg Cypes from AIM, Naveen Selvadurai from foursquare, and I'll be representing MapQuest. We look forward to kicking-off the location-based conversation during the first day of panel discussions.

If you're heading to Austin this week for SXSW, please add us to your schedule. The panel will be in Ballroom "B" on Friday, March 12th at 5pm.

While you're in town, remember to join us for the MapQuest BBQ Quest at South by Southwest on Sunday to catch a ride out to The Salt Lick for some food and beer on us.

You should also follow MapQuestTech on Twitter. It's our new account focused on development and technology news from MapQuest. It'll also be used to share information on MapQuest happenings and antics on the ground during SXSW Interactive. More on that next week, but trust me, it's worth the follow.

See you in Austin!