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Foursquare Announcements Coming at SXSW

This week, we posted an article about some comments Foursquare co-founder Dennis Crowley made about competing with Facebook. He responded to this, and we exchanged a few tweets. Bottom line: expect multiple announcements from the company at SXSW. 

Foursquare’s Dennis Crowley Talks Facebook Competition

Foursquare co-founder Dennis Crowley appeared on CNBC, discussing how Foursquare can compete with Facebook.

Foursquare Hosts Developers at Hackathon
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Recall, it was not too long ago that Foursquare released their latest developer toolset, the foursquare API v2.

Recently, in an effort to bolster the developer community and kick start more Foursquare-based apps, the company hosted their first Hack Day event in New York. According to the Foursquare dev blog, some 150 developers showed up at the event including geeks from around the States and even a few from Canada. 

Foursquare Grows By 3,400% – Are You Part Of It?

Foursquare grew by 3,400% in 2010, according to the company, with total check-ins reaching 381,576,305 around the world (in every country) – plus one from outer space, when an astronaut checked in from the International Space Station in October.  It has 6 million users.

Foursquare Launches Quest to Get More Local Businesses
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Foursquare announced the expansion of its "Ambassador Program", a pilot program the company launched last year that lets users get their favorite venues signed up for the Foursquare’s Specials platform. The program is designed to get more businesses on Foursquare. 

Foursquare Users to Get Tips on Nearby Businesses

Foursquare and Examiner.com have teamed up to bring local Examiner content to Fousquare users via Fousquare’s website and mobile apps. This content will consist of tips or "insight and recommendations on nearby venues, restaurants, events, businesses and landmarks" from Examiner’s 68,000 contributors in 233 U.S. cities. 

Foursquare CEO Has Plenty of Advice for Entrepreneurs

Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley likes to lend advice to entrepreneurs. A quick glance at his Quora activity makes this pretty clear pretty fast. In fact, this is a perfect example of why Quora has been covered in the press so much lately, as a valuable source of content. 

Location-Based Services See Light Use
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Four percent of online adults use a service such as Foursquare or Gowalla that allows them to share their location with friends and to find others who are in their area, according to a new report form the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

Location-based services such as Foursquare or Gowalla are significantly more popular with younger internet users; eight percent of online adults ages 18-29 use location-based services, significantly more than online adults in any other age group.

Considering Check-In App Strategies for Business

It’s been an interesting day for location-based services. Facebook of course made its announcements. Yelp announced it will soon introduce check-in offers

CEO Dennis Crowley “Bullish” on Foursquare for Local Merchants
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"Whenever I hear SMB, I think of Super Mario Bros," Foursquare co-Founder and CEO Dennis Crowley said today. But in all seriousness, he has tremendous pride in his service and its future use for local businesses (among other things). 

Speaking here at ad:tech New York, he compared Foursquare to a Google Analytics for people who walk in your door. "These are your best customers," he said. "The check-in is kind of a commodity."

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 social elite, GetGlue.

Thinking of Check-Ins As Searches That Aren’t Going to Google
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Businesses are still struggling with finding the right social media strategies, let alone strategies for check-in apps like Foursquare, Gowalla, and the recently launched Facebook Places. WebProNews spoke with Lawrence Coburn, CEO of geolocation app provider DoubleDutch about where this industry is headed and what it means for businesses looking to take advantage.

Space: No Longer the Final Frontier for Foursquare

It seems that Space is no longer the final frontier when talking about Foursquare check-ins. Douglas Wheelock, a NASA astronaut, has checked into the International Space Station using the location-based app. For this simple feat, Wheelock was "awarded" the very first NASA Explorer Badge. Bow before it Foursquare geeks.

The New Foursquare Emerges for iPhone

Foursquare announced version 2.0 of its iPhone app, as well as a new way to connect it to the web. There are three main features that Foursquare is emphasizing with today’s announcement. 

New MySpace Coming Next Month? CNN Still Using AP Reporting?

According to Michael Arrington at TechCrunch, the new MySpace (aka: Project Futura) is coming to some users on October 15, though that is subject to change. According to his sources, it will include a lot of white space and focus on the activity stream. Sounds like another familiar social network. 

Location-Based Advertising To Reach $1.8 Billion
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Location-based advertising is still in its early stages, but according to ABI Research, businesses will spend $1.8 billion on it in 2015 as part of their overall mobile marketing budgets.

HBO to iPad? An iPad 2? More Storage for PS3?
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Ryan Lawler at NewTeeVee points to a Bloomberg interview with HBO co-president Eric Kessler, who mentioned plans to make HBO on-demand content available on more devices like the iPad, but not for Netflix streaming, because its loyalties are with cable companies. Of course Netflix does offer HBO shows after they arrive on DVD.

Foursquare Talks Privacy Ahead of Rumored Facebook Location Feature Announcement

Privacy is a major concern in social media these days, and location-based services add a whole different element to the equation (we can’t wait to see what happens when Facebook unleashes its location feature).

Check-in app posterchild Foursquare has made some changes to its own privacy controls.

Gowalla Launches OAuth-Based Check In API

Gowalla has announced the launch of its new Check in API. This is different than the Gowalla API, which was launched in February, which first let developers tap into Gowalla data for their apps.

"With today’s release, we’re expanding what’s possible, enabling your applications to create check-ins on behalf of users," the company says. It utilizes OAuth 2.0 to do so.

The company gives developers the following guidelines for using the API:

5 Current Social Media Stories That Mean Good Things For Your Business
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There are too many happenings everyday in the social media space for any single business owner to keep up with. Today’s web is fast, and very, very innovative. The production never slows down. New tools and integrations are launched seemingly every other minute.

While I’d encourage you to sift through the headlines and social media app directories on a regular basis, I’ve put together a few currently unfolding storylines with big implications for business owners.

Foursquare Coming to a Search Engine Near You?

Foursquare co-founder Dennis Crowley says the company is in talks with "everyone" in the search space including Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo, according to a report from the UK-based Telegraph.