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  • Gowalla 3.0 Unifies Check-Ins, Places With Facebook, Twitter, And Yes, Foursquare

    Gowalla 3.0 Unifies Check-Ins, Places With Facebook, Twitter, And Yes, Foursquare

    This past March, I came home from SXSW with a problem. The so-called “location war” hadn’t yielded one check-in service to rule them all. In fact, several new ones popped up just at that conference alone. Check-in fatigue set in. Since then, the problem has only gotten worse. Now Facebook has launched itself right smack dab in the middle of the location space with Places. Read More

  • Foursquare Testing Version 2 Of Their API. "It's 1000x Faster"

    Foursquare Testing Version 2 Of Their API. "It's 1000x Faster"

    The geolocation wars are well underway. If you need any proof of that, simply look at this thread in Quora. A startup posted a question wondering which place database they should use for their new check-in app. The responses? Foursquare: Us. Gowalla: Us. SimpleGeo: Us. Factual: Us. Locationary: Us. Each of these companies, along with a few other big ones not practicing the art of self-promotion… Read More

  • Momento Is Perhaps The Perfect Passive Diary App

    Momento Is Perhaps The Perfect Passive Diary App

    To me, one of the most interesting thing about Foursquare is the History tab. It transforms the service from a “where you are” app, into a “where you were” log. In a way, it’s sort of like a diary. I wish Twitter was better at this idea as well. Because what I tweeted a year ago says something about how I was feeling, or what I was doing back then. In fact, a lot… Read More

  • Welcome To The Magic: Gowalla Lands Location Deal With Disney Parks

    Welcome To The Magic: Gowalla Lands Location Deal With Disney Parks

    Location based social network Gowalla has struck a pretty significant partnership today—Disney. The startup is teaming up with Disney Parks to create a branded, Gowalla-powered destination for park-goers to explore Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts. People are able to view park happenings with custom Gowalla Disney Passport pages for Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts… Read More

  • Dear Foursquare, Gowalla: Please Let’s Stop Pretending This Is Fun

    Dear Foursquare, Gowalla: Please Let’s Stop Pretending This Is Fun

    It’s a bad month to be Foursquare or Gowalla. Ten days ago, 900-pound gorilla Facebook announced Facebook Deals for Facebook Places (i,e., location-based coupons) and check-ins for third-party apps. A day later, Pew Research reported that, despite all the hype, the use of location-based services is actually declining in America, from 5% of the online population in May to 4% last month. Read More

  • Gowalla Steadily Moves Past The Check-In With City Pages, Business Listings And More

    Gowalla Steadily Moves Past The Check-In With City Pages, Business Listings And More

    It’s no secret that both Foursquare and Gowalla are expanding their location-based social networks past the check-in, developing other incentives for consumers to use the services. Gowalla, in particular, has focused on adding innovative features to its platform to make the social network more interactive, through photos and comments. Most recently, the startup added local highlights… Read More

  • Foursquare 2.0 Goes Beyond The Check-In — By Reshuffling Old Features

    Foursquare 2.0 Goes Beyond The Check-In — By Reshuffling Old Features

    Today, Foursquare has announced the arrival of version 2.0 of their service. This version has been the subject of much speculation for several weeks, as everyone wants to know how Foursquare is going to keep their momentum alive. With Facebook Places now out in the wild, and slowly rolling out around the world, Foursquare is well aware they need to move beyond simply being a check-in service. Read More

  • Gowalla Continues The March Beyond The Check-In With Highlights — A Social Atlas

    Gowalla Continues The March Beyond The Check-In With Highlights — A Social Atlas

    If you didn’t think the check-in was a commodity before Facebook launched their Places feature, you likely do now. But Gowalla has known that for awhile, and that’s why they’ve been moving to extend the service and build on top of the check-in. Comments and photos came several months ago. Today brings another nice addition: Highlights. The best way to think about the feature… Read More

  • The Facebook Effect: Foursquare Had Its Most Signups Ever Today

    The Facebook Effect: Foursquare Had Its Most Signups Ever Today

    Leading up to Facebook’s location announcement, there were two schools of thought. Either you thought Facebook Places was going to destroy Foursquare. Or you thought that this new service would help the startup by bringing more awareness to the location field. It appears that the latter is happening. “Just heard from The @HarryH that today was @foursquare’s biggest day ever… Read More

  • Facebook Partnering With Gowalla And Foursquare For Places

    Facebook Partnering With Gowalla And Foursquare For Places

    Today at an event in Palo Alto, CA, Facebook unveiled its new Places product — essentially their check-in utility. Obviously, there has been a lot of talk about what this means for the current players like Foursquare and Gowalla. Well, Facebook is partnering with both of those guys. We hinted at this possibility a couple days ago. Representatives from both Gowalla and Foursquare were… Read More

  • Google Speculation Brought A Smile To Gowalla CEO's Face [Video]

    For those placing bets on which startup Google will buy next in its impressive social shopping spree (Jambool, Slide, etc.), you might want to lower your wager on Gowalla, at least for now. According to founder, CEO Josh Williams, Google has yet to initiate takeover talks with the the location based service— although, he says reading the market speculation “made me smile just a… Read More

  • The 6 Commandments Of Gowalla's API. Thou Shalt Not Fake Check-In

    The 6 Commandments Of Gowalla's API. Thou Shalt Not Fake Check-In

    Earlier today, location-based service Gowalla formally unveiled their new Check-In API. This is big news because it means third-party apps can write to Gowalla’s API for the first time. Looking over the documentation for this API reveals some interesting things. Notably, there are six “commandments” that Gowalla says developers should follow. Behold, Gowalla’s 6 API… Read More

  • Gowalla Finally Releases Their Check-In API With Some Nice Tools And OAuth 2 Support

    Gowalla Finally Releases Their Check-In API With Some Nice Tools And OAuth 2 Support

    You could make an argument that one of the things holding back the growth of location-based service Gowalla was that there was no full API support. After all, rival Foursquare has had their full API rocking and rolling since last November. But after today, you won’t be able to make that argument anymore. Gowalla has just formally announced that their Check-In API is now available to… Read More

  • A GearBox That Moves The Ball With Your Phone

    A GearBox That Moves The Ball With Your Phone

    Atoms and bits are coming together in interesting ways. A slew of geo apps like Foursquare, Gowalla, and Loopt let you leave digital markings in the real world whenever you check into a location. Stickybits lets you put barcodes on physical objects which invokes a message, photo, or video which can be passed around with the object. And now we are beginning to see startups figuring out ways… Read More

  • Foursquare Cleans Up Profile Pages, Hints At Key New Metrics?

    Foursquare Cleans Up Profile Pages, Hints At Key New Metrics?

    In the battle of Foursquare versus Gowalla in the location space, Gowalla is often thought of as “the pretty one.” But Foursquare has been attempting to improve their look and feel recently with a number of changes. The latest comes today with new profile pages. As you can see, the new user pages have a much cleaner design. Just as with the recently redesigned venue pages, Tips are… Read More

  • Perhaps Not Fondly, Google's Schmidt Remembers Dodgeball "Quite Well"

    Perhaps Not Fondly, Google's Schmidt Remembers Dodgeball "Quite Well"

    Yesterday, Google CEO Eric Schmidt sat down with a group of reporters after his panel at the Techonomy conference in Lake Tahoe, CA. He said he was open to taking any questions, so I decided to ask him about Foursquare. It’s a particularly interesting question for Schmidt because back in 2005, Google bought Dodgeball, the company Foursquare co-founder Dennis Crowley previously started… Read More

  • Gowalla Getting Pretty Custom Passports, Hints At Other Personalization Features

    Gowalla Getting Pretty Custom Passports, Hints At Other Personalization Features

    While rival Foursquare seems firmly focused on the business side of things, Gowalla continues to focus on building a beautiful product. The next step in that comes on Wednesday when the service will unveil a way to make customized Passports. Your Gowalla Passport is essentially your profile page, but Gowalla organizes it in a way to highlight some of the core features that help them… Read More

  • Check-In On Foursquare Without Taking Your Phone Out Of Your Pocket

    Check-In On Foursquare Without Taking Your Phone Out Of Your Pocket

    Heavy Foursquare users, you have a new app to get immediately. Future Checkin is an app that allows you to check-in to your favorite Foursquare venues automatically when you’re near them. You don’t have to do a thing besides simply have your phone on you and this app will check you in while running in the background with iOS 4. Developer Tim Sears says he was actually inspired to… Read More

  • Google Opens Places API With Initial Focus On Check-In Apps

    Google Opens Places API With Initial Focus On Check-In Apps

    At Google I/O in May, the search giant indicated that they were about to take their commitment to location to the next level. Sure, Latitude had been around for a while, but everyone knew that Google could do more in the space. The announcement of some new location APIs seemed to a big part of the solution. And now comes the fun part. Today on their Geo blog, Google is announcing that… Read More

  • HBO Sinks Its Teeth Into GetGlue To Reward Fans For Checking-In To Hit Shows

    HBO Sinks Its Teeth Into GetGlue To Reward Fans For Checking-In To Hit Shows

    Forget about checking-in to venues. Apparently, the new thing to do is to check-in to whatever you’re doing — like watching television shows, or reading a book. It’s something that Hot Potato offers, and they’re in the process of being acquired by Facebook. It’s what GetGlue offers as well, and they’re already seeing over 4.5 million ratings and check-ins… Read More