Facebook is set to launch a location-sharing service similar to Apple’s Find My Friends and Google’s Latitude, according to a report from Bloomberg.
Gowalla has had a good run in the location-based check-in market, taking on Foursquare before getting lapped by its New York rival. Now, Facebook is confirming it has bought the team behind Austin-based Gowalla to bolster its new Timeline feature.
More mobile movements from Facebook today: it has bought the check-in social media service Gowalla, according to a report in CNN.
Gowalla, like many other check-in services, has had trouble keeping pace with Foursquare. But the location startup is relaunching its service with an eye toward becoming more of a city travel guide, downplaying the role of check-ins in favor of discovery, travel and storytelling.
When Facebook announced that it would be folding Places check-ins into status updates, some took it as a sign that the company was bowing to…
As location-based services grow up, we’re seeing that games are not the appealing part of location and increasingly it seems like start-ups are acknowledging that games are tough to build a business on. Gowalla seemed to acknowledge that by killing its virtual items feature today.
The controversy about location-tracking on mobile devices, and the subsequent emphasis on location-based services in mobile advertising, may…
LocalResponse — a marketing platform that allows advertisers to send out targeted tweets to consumers based on where consumers have checked in or where they say they are on social networks — has found that its targeting work is paying off with significant engagement from consumers.
Check-in services could either become the “killer app” to act a central hub for all location-based services business models; or they might e…
Gowalla continues to plug along in the location check-in space and has updated its Spot pages for places to make them more browsable and added new Highlights for locations. The improvements, while not ground-breaking, typify the steady progress of Gowalla. But is it enough?
Gowalla, a developer of a location-based social networking app, has adopted a bold strategy: embrace its archenemies and use them to extend reach. In a new version of its app, Gowalla is making it easy to follow friends check-ins to locations on Foursquare and Facebook Places.
Marketing using location and social networking are like peanut butter and chocolate — they’re a perfect combination. Add mobile and you have a trio of hot technologies attracting capital from investors and big companies alike. Here are the revenue models to watch as these elements collide.
Black Friday has become a holiday unto itself, where bargain hunters shake off their turkey hangovers to wake up before dawn and chase amazing deals. But as is the case with many activities these days, technology is rapidly changing the way people shop.
While rival Foursquare just hit 4 million users last week, Austin-based Gowalla is positioning itself to make more money with a handful of new features including business listings, City Pages and Stamp Calendar. It’s another sign that location-based companies are trying to move beyond the check-in.
In the debate over apps versus the web on smartphones, apps are winning, says Gowalla CEO Josh Williams. There’s hope from companies like Opera and Google that the web will surge ahead as HTML 5 becomes more widespread, but Williams has his doubts.
If your are a consumer geo-location startup, then you have to content with one simple reality — a little company from New York called Foursquare. But life does continue for other apps, including Whrrl, a location centric discovery app developed by Seattle-based Pelago.
According to a recent survey, fewer than 5 percent of U.S. online users have ever used a location-based application such as Foursquare on a mobile device. And almost 85 percent of those who responded to the survey said that they were not familiar with location-based services.
Not sure if you should Foursquare, Gowalla or Brightkite to post your location? A recent survey from uTest ought to help you make that decision, and the results provide useful information for developers in this space, showing that location-based services haven’t changed with the times.
There’s no question location-based services such as Foursquare and Gowalla are hot properties, with Foursquare reportedly the subject of multiple acquisition offers, including one from Yahoo estimated at $100 million. But are these services really standalone businesses, or are they features that belong inside other businesses?
Mobile apps, thanks to the popularity of iPhone have caught the imagination of consumers. There are over 180,000 apps in the iTunes store, but not all of them are great. But if they paid attention to little details, they can experience a big windfall.
Location-based services such as Foursquare have become so popular that rumors have been swirling the company might be acquired for $100 million. But angel investor and startup advisor Dave McClure says such services will have to show users the money in order to achieve mass appeal.
In a blog post on its updated privacy policies, Facebook dropped some hints about what the social network has in mind in terms of future location features. But will they co-exist with Foursquare and Gowalla, or will Facebook become the one ring that rules them all?
Over the past few days I’ve watched this meme about the so-called “geowars” ahead of SXSW gather steam, both in the blogosphere…
My inbox is littered with friend requests on Gowalla, a check-in service that I can use to show my location. But when I get these emails from strangers I have never met, talked to, tweeted with or emailed, I don’t really know what to do.
This week I read some interesting, some bizarre, some funny but mostly mind stimulating articles. Here is a short selection that includes a must read post about the rise of narrative in social networks and a fascinating presentation by graphic designer Nicholas Felton.
When fan-bois start making rap videos (however amateurish) about something, you know it is hot. Badges Like Us, a new video about FourSquare, the New York-based start-up shows why it is on its way to becoming a mobile phenomenon. Have a fun break this sluggish Friday.
Skyhook Wireless today announced that Gowalla, the location-based social networking service, has added Skyhook’s Core Engine to its Android application for location results. Up until now, Gowalla officials have been disappointed with location-based apps on Android, but they say that’s changed.
Austin is still betting on hardware statups even as venture firms stop funding them. In a video interview with Bart Bohn, a director at the Austin Technology Incubator, we talk about where hardware startups can find funding, and which ones to watch in Austin.
I just started using Foursquare. I know, I know. You hate it. Or you love it, and you can’t believe it took me so long to get onto it. Here’ s my take on the benefits of location-based social networks like Foursquare from a work standpoint:
Location-based upstarts Foursquare and Gowalla may not have a lot of users, but they sure have the buzz. Thanks to them, “checking in” is the new black — even Flixtser is jumping on the location-based bandwagon. Here are three news items from today.
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.
Gowalla CEO Josh Williams in this video interview shares his company’s story and accidental foray into the world of mobile location. He talks about competition from Twitter, Foursquare and Yelp. Williams outlines new product information including the forthcoming release of a beta of Gowalla’s Android app.
Though services like Foursquare and Gowalla eat up techie mindshare, they still have very few users; something like 150,000 for Foursquare and 50,000 for Gowalla. However, an iPhone app called MyTown that also features a location-based check-in system game acquired 250,000 users within two weeks.
Gowalla, maker of a 10-week-old geo-location app with some 50,000 users, said today it’s raised $8.4 million in a second round of funding. The money will be used “to strengthen growth efforts and further enhance Gowalla’s development capability,” the Austin, Texas-based startup said in a release.
If you follow me on Twitter, then you’re already aware of my obsession with Foursquare, a New York-based service that taps into…
FourSquare, the location-based mobile application game that launched back in March, has been getting a lot of attention here in the U.S.,…
The annual SXSW Festival is on, and this year I am surprised by the number of location-aware mobile services being launched in…