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Location Based Apps Taking Off and I’m Finally Getting On Board March 16, 2010

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With SXSW taking place right now, the location wars are in full swing and Foursquare and Gowalla are going at it. With the wars heating up I thought I’d give it a shot also and I’ve started checking in on Foursquare, Gowalla and also occasionally on Yelp! in order to check out these systems. So far, Foursquare and Gowalla are very similar and it seems like they are both getting heavy usage down in Austin this week. The one feature I like about Gowalla right now is that it uses GPS data to guarantee a person’s location and not allow false check-ins. This keeps someone from checking in at places they have never been and getting a bunch of undeserved mayorships. I’m not really sure the intrinsic value of checking-in yet, that’s still something I’m trying to figure out. However, I have noticed that I’ve been finding some good deals from bars, restaurants, etc. for people who have checked in. I’m also waiting for these companies to start making more money, they have certainly started with major partnerships starting to line up-I’m just curious to see if these are lasting and continue to expand. Not to mention will these services continue to be successful if Facebook and Twitter roll-out similar location based services…why add another app if you can just do the same thing on Facebook. If location services are implemented similarly on Facebook or Twitter, either of these platforms may be able to seriously damage the traction of Foursquare and Gowalla…I guess we will see.

Who Are Social Gamers? February 17, 2010

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Who plays video games? Usually its young males. Who plays social games? How about women in their 40s…check out this article at Mashable

The future of making money on the internet February 1, 2010

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So I haven’t been here in a long time and soon I’d like to be back writing regularly, I haven’t written anything about my experiences navigating the technological challenges I faced in China (blocked emails, proxy servers, etc.). But, the thing that really wanted to get me back on here was a blog post that Dave McClure just wrote. Check his article about how the future revenue model for the internet will be paid content and subscription services. He says that Facebook, Google, and Apple are all poised to be a huge part of this move for a very specific reason…you use them a lot so you remember your password. McClure says that one of the biggest problems he experienced while at PayPal was that people couldn’t remember their passwords. Check out everything he has to say on his blog 500 Hats, the guy may be a little crazy but he is extremely smart

Professors on the Hotseat November 5, 2009

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Hotseat is an awesome “new” way to integrate social media into the classroom and boost class participation and engagement at the same time.

Hotseat is a new app in development that uses Twitter, Facebook, text message, and a web interface to allow students to comment or ask questions on what is happening in class in real time. Two classes with a total of 600 students are currently testing the application at Purdue University about 75% have used Hotseat to ask questions, critique the professor, or vote on topics to be covered.

The real question is: Is it useful? One professor testing it says it does exactly what it is designed to, increases participation. Really, with the popularity of social media on the university campus, I think it is certainly a useful tool and an interesting way to engage students.

Check out the article at Mashable as well.

Social Gaming is incredibly lucrative October 26, 2009

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Social gaming companies like Zynga, Playfish, and Playdom are making incredible amounts of money by creating games for facebook and myspace. These games, like Zynga’s Farmville (which has 61 million users), make most of their money through lead generation offers with companies like Netflix,Offerpal, and TrialPay. But not only are these games making a lot of money, they are also pretty fun and offer people yet another way to engage their friends.

An article at TechCrunch shows that Zynga is likely to go public in 2010, Playfish may already have sold to EA and Playdom has an estimagted worth of $60 million without raising any money to date. For more go to TechCrunch to see the full breakdown.

Facebook Translates Your Site For You October 1, 2009

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Facebook Translation

Facebook just announced that it will open its crowd sourced translation to all websites using Facebook Connect.  Facebook has long allowed users to translate their website in order to translate the site into as many languages as possible very quickly.  Now, if you have facebook connect on your site, you will be able to do the same thing.  The application is available to developers and they will be able to let users log in using Facebook Connect and translate their website into any language they desire (full details on the facebook developer wiki) .  A great way to use the power of the crowd.