Gowalla To Go The Way Of The Dodo

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Gowalla is to be shutdown.

After being acquired by Facebook the “also ran” to FourSquare will be shutting down early in 2012, according to Techcrunch.

So while Facebook may have acquired the skills and experience of the FourSquare team, they’re not taking over all the data.

So will Facebook use some of the technology to improve their own location based services? You’d have to assume that was the plan..

Guess we’ll find out ..


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Facebook Acquires Gowalla

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Facebook has acquired Gowalla according to reports.

Gowalla, which offers very similar functionality to FourSquare, never quite seemed to be as popular as its rival.

Facebook had been offering a location based service for its mobile users, but they were reportedly going to be phasing it out, but with the addition of Gowalla that will probably change ie. the current Facebook system will be supplanted by Gowalla’s technology.

The main page of Gowalla currently offers users the option to signup via Facebook, though it still maintains a signup feature for those that do not wish to succumb to Zuckerburg. Whether that will change or not is probably too early to tell


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Guinness Try To Force Age Restrictions On Twitter

Guinness Ireland’s Twitter account is a bit odd.

They want to restrict their followers to people over the age of 18!

Guinness Ireland's Twitter account trying to impose age restrictions

Of course I’m not “following” their account, but I can still see all their content!

And here’s the screenshot to prove it:

Guinness Ireland's "over 18 only" twitter account

I think the word I’m looking for is “fail”

They’ve posted a “clarification” of what they’re “trying” to do:

You won’t be blocked as such.You’ll be removed from our followers & you’ll need to verify age before u can follow us again


Seemingly this is similar to the laughable “age restrictions” that alcohol companies put on their websites.

It’s kind of sad really that they’d even try to do this on a social media network. So you can add alcohol companies to the list of those that simply don’t “get” the web..



Google+ Gets Games

It was only a matter of time before Google+ would start expanding its offering to users.

The first addition being rolled out to users is games, which are accessible via the subtle new button in the interface:

Google Plus Games Added

A new icon on the far right is for games in Google+

So what’s on offer?

On my own account I’m seeing a range of 16 games including a couple of titles from Zynga and of course “Angry Birds”:

Google plus range of browser based games

Google plus range of browser based games

As soon as you click on a game to play it you get a fairly clear warning message telling you that the game is “social” and that your activity may be visible to others:

Google plus social games privacy warning

Google plus social games privacy warning

The next screen isn’t that different from the type of permissions dialogue you’d get on other social networks, though the wording is possibly a bit clearer (though I might be imagining that):

Google plus games permissions dialogue

Google plus games permissions dialogue

So what will the next addition to Google+ be?


Why Is Google+ Full Of Animated Gifs?

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If you are using Google+ you’ll probably have noticed that there are a very large number of animated gifs being shared.

Normal photos, images and videos are also being shared, but there seems, to me at least, to be a very large volume of animated gifs

So will Google+ result in an upswing in popularity for the image format?

Google To Kill Off Private Profiles

As Google rejigs its entire user interface and renames a bunch of its services to fit in with its new web 3.0 (or whatever) vision user profiles are being changed. ….

From July 31st 2011 private profiles are being not only disabled, but actually deleted:

The purpose of Google Profiles is to enable you to manage your online identity. Today, nearly all Google Profiles are public. We believe that using Google Profiles to help people find and connect with you online is how the product is best used. Private profiles don’t allow this, so we have decided to require all profiles to be public.

Keep in mind that your full name and gender are the only required information that will be displayed on your profile; you’ll be able to edit or remove any other information that you don’t want to share.

If you currently have a private profile but you do not wish to make your profile public, you can delete your profile. Or, you can simply do nothing. All private profiles will be deleted after July 31, 2011.

Fox Twitter Account Hacked?

Looks like one of the Fox News Twitter accounts may have been hacked, as it’s spewing “news” of Obama’s death ..

See screenshot below:

Foxnewpolitics twitter account

@Foxnewpolitics twitter account

If this is a prank it’s in pretty bad taste ..

So I would assume that the account has been compromised .. and since it’s July 4th in the US it may take longer than normal for people to notice ..


Twitter Hits New Record

Twitter has released another new statistic

It’s now doing 200 million “tweets” per day. In January 2009 they were “only” sending 2 million / day.

Here’s a nice graphic to show how that all compares with various other things:

Twitter 200 million tweet comparison

Twitter 200 million tweet comparison

There’s a full blog post about it over on the official twitter blog.

Of course they’re still not issuing big media releases about their record earnings are they? Oh wait .. they can’t! Doh!

Turntable.fm Brings A Different Social Angle To Music

I’ve seen a few “social” music services and apps over the past few years. They’ve all been quite interesting, but not overly engaging.

Turntable.fm might turn that experience on its head.

You can now chat with friends (and strangers) whilst “DJing”.


Play music, listen and vote

Play music, listen and vote


If you like a tune you can vote it up and give the “DJ” points..

Word of warning – it is quite addictive!