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Facebook places was announced yesterday and I created a poll to see if my social graph would use it. I asked the following question:”Will you check-in with Facebook Places?” with the options of:

  • No, I’m going to stick with my current location-based app?
  • Yes, I’m going to use Foursquare, Yelp or Gowalla to check-in & post to Facebook
  • No, I don’t get location-based apps
  • Yes, I’m going to use Facebook places only to check-in?
  • and an option for other.

Here are the results below:


No, I’m going to stick with my current location-based app? 29.31%
Yes, I’m going to use Foursquare, Yelp or Gowalla to check-in & post to Facebook 24.14%
No, I don’t get location-based apps 24.14%
Yes, I’m going to use Facebook places only to check-in? 12.07%
Other answer… 10.34%

The other answers were:

  • Checking in is really the biggest waste of time I have ever seen….
  • No, Facebook violates my privacy too much already.
  • no, i don’t care Today, 8:28AM
  • Outside US, so poor cousin. @obiwan1
  • No, I’m dropping out of the location-based era
  • Yes only to see what they are up to :-)

Thanks for voting!

Facebook (2) | The Facebook Blog
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Early today Facebook announced Facebook Places a way for Facebook users to check into locations. Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook places was created for three main reasons:
1. To help people share where they are
2. To show people/places around you
3. To show what’s going on and discover new places around you

As some of you know there are over 67 location-base applications such as TriOut, Brightkite, Whrrl, Loopt along with the applications that presented at Facebook HQ tonight that included Gowalla, Foursquare, Yelp and MyTown. Now we can officially add Facebook to the list of location-based apps, making it over 68. Facebook Places will be available tomorrow at and the soon to be updated iPhone app. With all the concern about Facebook privacy and check-in fatigue are users willing to ditch their favorite location-based app and use Facebook Places alone being that all of your friends are suppose to be on Facebook? I know, I’m not but what about you? Let me know by taking the will you check-in with Facebook Places poll below.


Last Thursday I created a poll listing 17 location-based social networks/ apps for the readers of and my Twitter followers. The poll was for readers to vote on their favorite location based social network or app. During the voting process one of the most consistent comments I received was that most users didn’t know there were so many location based apps available. I could see how because if you read most of the popular tech blogs you’ll think there are only three or four available but that’s another post to discuss. Either way I didn’t receive thousands of votes but I do feel that the results are accurate based on the current trend of blogosphere as it discusses location based apps with the exception of Yelp being added to the list late Friday evening after they updated their iPhone app. Also some of the comments I believe provide insight on why some of the location base apps my see a decline in traffic, along with a few new location based apps that I was not aware of added by voters. Regardless, you can view the analytics, results and comments from the location based social network/app poll below.

Clicks and shares
610 clicks on the link I shared
774 Total clicks total
55 other Twitter users shared the link
386 Clicks from the United States
388 Clicks from other Countries

Three location based apps shared the poll: Brightkite, Whrrl and UrbanKite
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317 Total Votes Poll Results

The Top 6: Poll Results

Foursquare 35%
Brightkite 31%
Gowalla 12%
Whrrl 8%
TriOut 6%

Other answers

Other location based apps users voted for that were not on the list:
The Local Pub
aka aki
GPS Assassins

Interesting Comments:
From Rachel
For a long time I was very loyal to Brightkite… until I discovered Foursquare. Brightkite was fun and I met a lot of people while it was still in Beta, but after a while I lost motivation to continue checking in. Then Foursquare came around and it seemed to just make more sense.

From Mike
I too was a long time Brightkite addict, until they changed to version 2.0, had lots of problems and then the android application stopped working.
I’m slightly puzzled about foursquare though. Is it not just a game? Where is the interaction element of it?
I dont see a way to post comments on peoples notes?
How do you post a general note? And I see no way to upload photos?
I have a feeling Gowala is similar?

From Chris:
I think BrightKite would get a larger part of the vote if some of the old features were to return to the new version. I know I miS the friend search feature for finding people I already know (the browse function is a meak replacement). It’s not as interesting to share your location if you can’t find people you know to share it with.
I think Loopt has some interesting features, but they need to open it up for than just their limitied list of carriers.
Lattitude has potential, but doesn’t have a way to check in to specific locations.
Foursquare seems to be gaining ground. All of these sites will be better once more people turn to one more than another.
One thing I think most of the location-based services need is a way to check out of a place, so you can check out when you leave.

From Ryan:
What about Dooplr, TripIt, Yelp, Urbanspoon? These are all fantastic niche location based social networks related to travel and reviews.

Do you agree the results of the poll and comments?

We’re only 14 days into 2010 and if there was one social media / technology prediction that everyone have been accurate about so far, it is that location based apps will be the next big thing. Now with 15 plus location social networks available many have already deemed Foursquare the clear leader, and if you look at the compete website numbers you’ll see why. After purchasing around August, their website numbers have passed some of the early location based social networks in just two months by more than double.

I don’t have all the data on how many users each location based social network has, but I do know that despite what many believe, the location based war is still very much wide open. For businesses looking to implement location based marketing to reach out to their customers, I suggest looking at all of the options and find out which location social network / app your customers are using before starting any with geo marketing.

To help businesses with their decisions and to provide me with some research data, I’m interested to see what is your favorite location based social network. Take a second and vote in the poll below. Also feel free to let me know why it’s your favorite location based app in the comments.

If you want to connect on Brightkite, Foursquare, Gowalla or Whrrl you friend on one or all of the profiles below:

*Disclosure: I’m a partner with TriOut.

As you know the conversations about TinyURL services have really taken off the last few weeks. We have seen reports about raised $2 million in funding, the diggbar launches with tons of controversy and just yesterday Twitter ditched TinyURL for The team must be either real excited or real nervous about their future, either way congrats to them. Also a new custom TinyURL service called just launched that provides custom url and statics for your own domain name at $99.00 a year. But what if you wanted to launch your own TinyURL service for let’s say, the cost of a new domain name $7.99, one hour and another wordpress install? That’s what I’ve done with the help of a few blog post. Here are the links for your reading and the outcome.

Instructions – Installing Your Own WordPress-Based DIY TinyURL In < 1 Hour
The results from following the instructions from the link above:
I have domain name which stands for Short ones by Wayne. :) that auto redirects to
I have a PressThis bookmarklet that creates a custom TinyURL using, example: is from
I have a wordpress login to monitor stats using WP-ShortStat and Wassup.
Short 1 by Wayne › ShortStat — WordPress_1241703491244

If you’re not familiar with FTP, PHP or customizing wordpress I suggest that you hire someone (hint) if you would like to create your own TinyURL service using the option above. Another option for WordPress users is the RevCanonical plugin. RevCanonical “generates a short url for your pages, as well as adding link shortening discovery.” For example by installing RevCanonical my default post url: was shorten to . You’ll also need a bookmarklet called Shorten to display the custom RevCanonical URL.

For and wordpress users, the creator of RevCanonical has a plugin called TweetMe that will auto create a URL or use your own domain’s RevCanonical url and send a tweet for each new post. This seems to work well versus using TweetSuit or TwitterTools to auto send a tweet when you publish a new blog post.

Corvida asked on FriendFeed: “What’s URL shortener do you use?” My response was and now I can add my own TinyURL service to the list,

Some of you may be asking why create your own TinyURL service? For me it was, I wanted more control over my links, I thought it was good for SEO and sharing on twitter and I thought it was a super geek cool thing to do. But here’s a blog post called: 10 Reasons To “Roll Your Own” TinyURL Using WordPress, if that’s not good enough for you.

The only thing left for me to figure out is how to add my custom or RevCanonical url to my post like TechCrunch has (see image below).

URL Shortening Wars_ Twitter Ditches TinyURL For

More links about creating your own TinyURL service:
Create Your Own Short URL and Keep the Branding to Yourself
URL Shortening Hinting
la petite url

Have you created your own TinyURL service or thought about it? Did you ever think TinyURLs would be this big?

Over the past seven days I have beta tested two new desktop twitter applications, had two twitter web apps pitched for me to review and caught an exclusive look at an upcoming update to an existing twitter iPhone application. It has been one tweet of a week! As an active twitter user I don’t mind beta testing or receiving pitches from developers especially when they listen to my suggestions and that’s what happen yesterday while I was taking a look at a new twitter iPhone app update.

As I was looking at the iPhone app, I asked about the ReTweet format. One of the development team members said they used (Via @twittername) and I said the twitter community prefers RT or ReTweet over Via because RT or ReTweet gives more value to the original tweetier vs the Via format. I mention how some people don’t really pay attention to the Via at the end of the tweet after they read the first part of the 140 characters. I closed my point saying that RT or ReTweet was the standard and should be included in the initial launch of the app because it’s one of the first items people look for or notice when they want to use an app for a ReTweet.

I must have done a good job pitching the ReTweet suggestion because a few hours later I received an email saying that RT has now been added to the application settings. Yeah! Although Via will be used first, at least we’ll have the option to change it to RT.

Was I correct or it’s really not that big of a deal?  Let me know what you think by taking the ReTweet poll below.

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When using a twitter application for the iPhone or desktop is the ReTweet format important to you? What other twitter application features are important to you?

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