17 April 2012

The Top 10 start-ups next on Mark Zuckerberg’s shopping list?

We all know Facebook just bought Instagram for a whopping $1 billion. Well, Mark Zuckerberg only went and bought something again – acquiring customer loyalty mobile startup ‘Tagtile’ just yesterday. With Facebook domination happening left, right and centre, here’s a list of the other remaining top-ranking startups that we reckon may possibly tempt this currently acquisitive tech giant to pounce …

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12 October 2010

Check-in’ out the location-based apps, Pt 2 – Gowalla

This is the second in a series of five blogs, looking at some of the major players in the location-based app business – FourSquare, Gowalla, Facebook Places, Yelp and SCVNGR. As well as looking at the pro’s and cons of each for users of the service, I’m taking a look at what opportunities they present for brands and services who …

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11 October 2010

Check-in’ out the location-based apps, Pt 1 – FourSquare

This is the first in a series of five blogs, looking at some of the major players in the location-based app business – FourSquare, Gowalla, Facebook Places, Yelp and SCVNGR. As well as looking at the pro’s and cons of each for users of the service, I’m taking a look at what opportunities they present for brands and services who …

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19 August 2010

One location service to rule them all

Disclaimer: I’ve borrowed the title of this blog from Tanya Goodin, our CEO. We were talking about Facebook Places this morning and she posed the (very Lord of the Rings inspired) question to me, did I think that Facebook Places would be the one location service to rule them all? My answer to her was I hope not, but it’s …

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28 April 2010

Virtual insanity?

Lastminute.com released an interesting report this week that revealed Britons spent more money on ‘in-home’ leisure than travel the last few years. Travel experts are concerned that the internet is breeding a generation of ‘no where gamers’. Instead of travel and out-of-home leisure, the younger generation could follow the suit of the Japanese and turn their back on out-of-home leisure …

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6 April 2010

Curiosity doesn’t always kill the cat

I am quite a nut about protecting my privacy on the ‘internets’ but boy do I love ‘playing’ Foursquare and Gowalla (yes, I am active on both). I finally read something this weekend that helped me make sense of the incompatibility of the two things. Media journalist Jemima Kiss writes, “It’s safe to assume that most of the few hundred …

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29 March 2010

Foursquare’s Whoops!: We’ve Seen it Before and We’ll Probably See it Again

On Friday, Foursquare found itself red in the face when it was revealed that the company forgot to renew its domain name ownership.  People who tried to access www.foursquare.com on Friday and Saturday were re-directed to a GoDaddy holding page while the issue was sorted. Luckily for Foursquare, it didn’t lose the domain name as the oversight was detected and …

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25 March 2010

Innovation is NOT Dead

Twitter. Facebook. Digg. Gowalla. Flickr. Buzz… There’s an ever-growing list of platforms which businesses can tap into and create a profitable online social media presence. Many companies have already jumped on these opportunities, building creative strategies to engage online communities. Some have misread the current environment incorrectly, believing that the social media creative market is over-saturated. You don’t hear of …

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1 March 2010

Gowalla vs Foursquare – Battle of the apps!

As a recent convert to the iPhone, I’ve really enjoyed trying out some of the many apps I’ve heard people talking about for the past, what – year or so? Two of the apps I’ve heard a lot about are Gowalla and Foursquare, which both exist in the same ‘space’ – the space my esteemed colleague Milly just termed the …

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