• Twitter Will Shut Off GeoAPI To Developers

    Twitter Will Shut Off GeoAPI To Developers

    When Twitter bought Mixer Labs in December, 2009, it inherited the startup’s then-recently launched GeoAPI, which offered a platform for building geo apps. The GeoAPI combined a places database of 16 million businesses with a reverse-geo-coder and support for geo-coded Tweets, Flickr photos, and even an iPhone SDK. Twitter kept the GeoAPI going after the acquisition—but that ends… Read More

  • It's Time For An Open Database Of Places

    It's Time For An Open Database Of Places

    With last week’s declaration by Twitter that it intends to start identifying places based on the coordinates of geo-coded Tweets, the location land rush is in full swing. A long list of companies including Twitter, Google, Foursquare, Gowalla, SimpleGeo, Loopt, and Citysearch are far along in creating separate databases of places mapped to their geo-coordinates. Mapping businesses… Read More

  • The Great Location Land Rush Of 2010

    Back in November, at our Realtime CrunchUp event, I sat on the geolocation panel with members of Twitter, Foursquare, SimpleGeo, GeoAPI, Hot Potato, and Google. At one point, I raised the question if location was going to be the next battleground between startups large and small, much like social identity plays (Facebook Connect vs. Google Friend Connect) and status updates (Twitter vs. Facebook). Read More

  • Google Adds Spatial Search to Maps API

    The battle for the hearts and minds of geo developers creating map-based apps is on. Last month, Twitter turned on its geo API, and services like SimpleGeo and the GeoAPI are offering to do a lot of the heavy lifting for startups that want to create cool geo apps. Not to sit on the sidelines, Google just tweaked its Google Maps API so that it now supports spatial search and search… Read More

  • Post-Funding, SimpleGeo Pounces On A Six Aparter, A Hacker, And Beta Keys

    Two weeks ago, SimpleGeo raised a $1.5 million seed round from just about every big angel investor in Silicon Valley. Not surprisingly, they’re already putting that money to good use. Before the funding, SimpleGeo was a team of four including co-founders Matt Galligan and Joe Stump. As of today, they’re now 7, with the arrival of two new hires: Zooko (yes, that’s what… Read More

  • GeoAPI Adds User Creation, Foursquare, YouTube, And Weatherbug Data

    With its GeoAPI, Mixer Labs offers a database of some 16 million businesses and points of interest. Still, for some people, that’s not enough. They want to be able to add their own data to the database. And now they can. Starting today, Mixer Labs is rolling out a limited trial of new features that will allow users to add their own data to the database. This means that users will be able… Read More

  • RealTime CrunchUp: The Rise Of Geo Streams

    Today at the RealTime CrunchUp, representatives from some of the top companies involved in location based services came together to talk about the current state and future of geo-based services. Participating in the panel were:
    Matt Galligan, co-Founder of SimpleGeo
    Ryan Sarver, Director of Platform at Twitter
    Tristan Walker, VP of Business Development at Foursquare
    Steve Lee, Group… Read More

  • The GeoAPI Launches For Places, Tweets, Flickr Photos, And More

    Location, location, location. With the growing ubiquity of GPS-equipped phones, there is a virtual land rush going on right now to put geolocation capabilities in every mobile app. Today, Mixer Labs, the folks behind TownMe, introduced the GeoAPI, aimed at developers who want to add geolocation features to their apps in a plug-and-play fashion. The GeoAPI is built on top of what was… Read More