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Gowalla, a location-based social application is about to pass 100,000 users, according to some of my sources. The company is going to hit the milestone sometime this weekend, having just crossed 99,000 users. In comparison, New York-based Foursquare is closing in on 300,000 users.

. gowalla1.jpegGowalla, a location-based social application developed by Austin, TX-based Alamofire is about to pass 100,000 users, according to some of my sources. The company is going to hit the milestone over the weekend, having just crossed 99,000 users. Gowalla recently raised $8.4 million in venture funding from an assortment of investors including angel investors Chris Sacca and Jason Calacanis.

In comparison, Foursquare, my favorite mobile app, is closing in on 300,000 users having just crossed 290,000 users. Foursquare earlier this week released the Blackberry version of their service. Gowalla and Foursquare are vying for user attention at the same time competing with local search web service Yelp has started to encroach on their turf with its new mobile application. If you get a chance, watch my interview with Josh Williams, CEO of Alamofire to get his thoughts on location-based services, Twitter, Yelp and his competitors.

  1. How could these very hyped services (and to some extent, worthy of the hype) have so few users?

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    1. Guess the design being unique makes it hyped and also, with gigaom review they will cross few more thousands in no time ;)

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  2. Wooppeedo

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  3. Om, curious your perspective but what user base does a company like this need to get to in order to start being relevant? And how important is that number? I look at MyTown which has surpassed both Foursquare and Gowalla, yet all are under 1MM users, which in the grand scheme is still a very small number.

    Thoughts?

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    1. Jeff

      My view on this is about 150,000 is the right baseline number for the service to get right amount of data. When I was talking to Andy Rubin of Google’s Android team, he said that if he got Nexus One in the hands of 150,000 people in US (based on population), it would be a good way to create a real world viral effect and slowly start exposing the device to buyers at large.

      I think something similar can work fo FSQ and GoWalla. I saw the number of places go way up the minute FSQ passed about 150,000 users. And since then it has caught the momentum. Now the thing is finding ways to engage the people. I think with the number of invites I get on a daily basis I think FSQ is growing like mad crazy, but at the same time facing the problem of how to keep me engaged.

      I think the next big challenge is just that.

      Not sue if I answered your question, but that’s my theory for now.

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  4. [...] Location-based upstarts Foursquare and Gowalla may not have a lot of users, but they sure have the buzz (and millions in backing). Thanks to them, “checking in” is the [...]

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  5. [...] two months ago.) And the flurry of new partnerships continues a roll that has seen Foursquare close in on 300,000 users — roughly tripling the base of its rival Gowalla — as it expands to 50 new [...]

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  6. [...] Location-based upstarts Foursquare and Gowalla may not have a lot of users, but they sure have the buzz (and millions in backing). Thanks to them, “checking in” is the [...]

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  7. [...] In and of themselves, these stats are pretty impressive, but for a recent startup they are even more staggering when compared to other well publicized competition. Foursquare, which launched about a year ago has roughly 300,000 users and Gowalla, which also launched about a year ago has somewhere over 100,000 users. [...]

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  8. [...] more than 400,000 users of Foursquare and Gowalla already, there are plenty of interesting connections I or anyone else could make. But there are also plenty [...]

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  9. [...] Impressive, but not Facebook impressive! Its rival is Gowalla, a liberally funded startup that recently crossed the 100,000 subscriber mark (and released a much-improved and a fantastic upgrade). Others such as Pelago/Whrrl are [...]

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  10. [...] MyTown som för någon månad sen gick över 1 miljon användare. Fler än både Foursquare och Gowalla, förmodligen fler än båda tillsammans. Men här i Sverige har jag inte hört om någon alls som [...]

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