Back in 2011, when Facebook was starting to test Places and consumer collaboration companies like TaskRabbit were really honing in on user acquisition, collaborative consumption was still seen as an experiment. We met with Qriously at TechCrunch Disrupt NY as they came out of stealth to talk about “local” sentiment in real-time, while GroupMe and Foodspotting started to take off as consumer mobile apps in a new space, where no one was certain how successful independent mobile apps could be. Where are they now?
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Introducing the App Center (Facebook Developer Blog)
Facebook has announced the launch of the App Center, a new place for people to find social apps. The App Center gives developers an additional way to grow their apps and creates opportunities for more types of apps to be successful. In the coming weeks, people will be able to access the App Center on the Web and in the iOS and Android Facebook apps. CNET The App Center is designed to push the best social apps through a personalized discovery page. So, if you’re a person who likes word games — something Facebook would know from your Facebook behavior — the App Center will surface those sorts of apps for you. AP The company is betting that by personalizing recommendations to users, people will find new types of applications beyond games, along with games that are more interesting to them. There are all sorts of social apps that use Facebook, from music-listening services such as Spotify to what-you-just-ate tools such as Foodspotting. AllFacebook Two topics that have been top-of-mind at Facebook the past few weeks, mobile and security, were combined in the social network’s announcement Thursday of three mobile security updates: code generator, the ability to report unwanted content, and improved mobile recovery flows. The New York Times/Bits Blog The Internet — and particularly, Facebook — is playing a critical role as the police in Montreal build their case against Luka Rocco Magnotta, who is accused of killing Jun Lin, a Chinese student, and then dismembering his body and mailing parts to the offices of political parties here. Investigators have been somewhat taken aback by the extent of Magnotta’s Facebook activity, they said. Cmdr. Ian Lafrenière, a spokesman for the Montreal police, said Magnotta had maintained at least 70 accounts. Read more
The Internet’s transition from user-generated content to user-curated content continues as Facebook adds some new apps to its timeline. The social network announced in a blog post this morning that timeline apps will be available for Foodspotting, Foodily, Ticketmaster, Pinterest, Rotten Tomatoes, Pose, Kobo, Gogobot, TripAdvisor and other emerging social networks.
Companies are getting funded left and right, silly ideas exploding and all new wild spaces of the internet needing to be conquered. Similar to the days of goldmining, consumer web is really a real-estate war.
Foodspotting co-founder Soraya Darabi spoke with Beet.tv founder and executive producer Andy Plesser about its integration with the Zagat iPhone app. Foodspotting’s iPhone app has 100,000 registered users who have uploaded 250,000 dish reviews, and a beta version of its Android app launched a few days earlier.
Photos and comments can now be added to check-ins on location based mobile app foursquare via the iPhone and foursquare.com, with an update for the Android operating system to be released later this week, the company announced on its blog. From the post:
Comments make meeting up and exploring so much easier. Improve your day by telling a friend that you’re around the corner and they should swing by. And getting a last-minute comment reminding you to order the best dish saves your meal. (You can even comment on the Web site and from check-in links posted to Facebook and Twitter!)
Tips with photos change everything. See dishes before ordering them, figure out if a venue looks fun, or easily identify a hard-to-find spot. More info = better exploration.
The past comes to life. You can visit your history page on foursquare.com to see all the places you’ve been, with photos and comments preserved. Remembering is more fun than ever.
Be sure your iPhone has foursquare push notifications turned on so you’ll know when your friends leave you a comment.
One in four Americans will get food poisoning each year and despite any recession people still need to eat, and taking photos of delicious meals is all the rage so I would argue that yes, consumers are hungry, but not for food. Consumers are hungrier more than ever for faith.