Vitaminwater’s newest flavor, dubbed “Connect” is black cherry-lime. How is this at all relevant to the casual MaxPC reader? Well, its flavor, and package design were all the result of a Facebook contest.
Vitaminwater’s “flavorcreator” contest on their Facebook page came to a close and they picked a winner (Sarah from Illinois, evidently). From the Facebook page, Vitaminwater fans voted on various flavors and designs to create Vitaminwater Connect. The new flavor is made with caffeine and eight key nutrients and they slapped a quipping paragraph poking fun at Facebook users right on the label.
Vitaminwater Connect will be available in stores beginning in March. It’s nice marketing for Vitaminwater, but a Facebook contest for drink flavors? Really? Social networking may have reached a new low. What do you think?
The competition between open-source projects and retail applications is a never-ending struggle. Even when two products aren't in direct competition -- like Adobe's Photoshop versus the GNU Manipulation Program -- there's still an underlying push and pull for your attention and resources. The struggle only deepens when the retail version of the two programs approaches an inexpensive or free pricing model. Open-source is an alternative, but when is it the better alternative?
Open-source software developer Patrick McKenzie wrote a post recently about the various ways retail software developers can out-develop open-source alternatives to their products. While it was geared toward the perspective of an open-source creator, he nevertheless gave some good insight as to what differentiates quality open-source projects from the muck. And a number of his points apply to some of the very applications we've recommended in our weekly freeware/open-source roundups.
Click the jump to find out how the best open-source applications get their crowns!