Google Latitude Adds Check-in Options

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Facebook, Foursquare, and Gowalla (along with several other companies) now have a little more competition when it comes to location-based check-in services.  Starting this afternoon, Google Latitude users can also let their friends know when they’ve arrived at a certain place. Google’s rationale for this upgrade is that check-ins add context.  Now, rather than just seeing a pal is on …

Google Buzz Privacy Suit Settlement Announced

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The launch of Google Buzz did not go well, as you may remember.  Automatic opt-ins and privacy scares created quite a stir.  But Google’s putting the matter behind it, as the search giant has settled a class action suit by agreeing to create a privacy-centric fund. Google is supposed to contribute $8.5 million to the fund, and according to an …

GetGlue: Foursquare for Entertainment Nuts

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If someone were to ask you to name the trendy social services right now, more than likely they’d say Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare… as those seem to be the “big 3”. They’re interchangeable – as some would select GoWalla over Foursquare and MySpace over Facebook, it’s subjective. Fairly soon you might start hearing another service joining the ranks of the …

Foursquare Exceeds 40 Million Check-Ins

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Location-based social network Foursquare counted its 40 millionth check-in a “couple days ago”, according to a Tweet from one of its developers. The number shows that Foursquare’s growth rate is accelerating: Five weeks ago, we clocked Foursquare’s total check-ins at 22 million. In short: Foursquare appears to have doubled its check-in rate in just over a month. It’s just over …

Gmail Adds OAuth Support for Safer 3rd Party Sign-ins

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Google announced the addition of OAuth support in Gmail in a blog post today, which is a highly positive move that allows you to give third party applications access to the contents on your email without having to give them your password. You may be familiar with the term from Twitter, who added OAuth support back in April of last …

Foursquare’s Growth Not Slowing Down: 725,000 Users, 22 Million Checkins

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Mobile social network Foursquare keeps on releasing new stats on its growth, and why shouldn’t it? The numbers are nothing short of impressive. Just 12 days ago, Foursquare grew by nearly 100,000 users in 10 days, taking its total number of users to somewhere north of 600,000. Now a new update from the company reveals that Foursquare has almost 725,000 …

Foursquare Adds Almost 100,000 Users in 10 Days

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Foursquare might’ve been last year’s breakout app at SXSW, but it looks like this year’s conference had a much more profound impact on the service’s growth. The location based network tweeted on Wednesday afternoon that it’s added “almost 100,000 users” in the past 10 days. That’s a huge number when you consider that the year-old company reported having “over 500,000” …

9 Killer Tips for Location-Based Marketing

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Social networking has finally become something valuable for brick-and-mortar businesses. Smartphones and location-based social networks allow users to interact, share, meet up, and recommend places based on their physical coordinates. This real-world connection to social media can mean more foot traffic and profits for business owners. So-called “lo-so” networks like Foursquare, Loopt, and Gowalla enable any business with a physical …

Gowalla Launches on webOS and Vies for Your Checkins with Free Stuff

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Foursquare is battling for your SXSW check-ins with a musical scavenger hunt. Rival Gowalla is going to go after them with free gadgets – specifically free Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus devices as part of a promotion the location-based social networking service is unveiling in conjunction with their just-launched app for webOS. The app should hit the Palm …

Gowalla Launches for Android

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The battle for social geolocation domination has expanded to Google’s Android platform, as Gowalla, the primary competitor to Foursquare, has just made its debut on Google’s Android app store. The new Gowalla 1.0 app isn’t some secondhand version of its iPhone counterpart — it’s completely packed with an array of features that allow you to check into locations, view friends, …