FourSquare is an up-and-coming social web app that provides context to place and people, allowing you to:
Find your friends
Get points and badges
Discover cool things to do
To all those who are endlessly plugging it – many people in the web2.0, social media sphere – I have a few questions:
Do you have a regular 9-5ish job?
Do you have a spouse?
Do you have children?
If the answer is no to all three questions, I understand your passion for FourSquare. Your life probably revolves around your circle of friends, what you’re doing tonight, where you’re going to eat, and who is going to be with you. You’re probably also in your 20s or early 30s. You are a grown-up teenager.
But for many more people, the answer to those three questions is yes. And for those, I think FourSquare is just not that interesting. The first (and probably most important) use of FourSquare – finding where your friends are – is just not as relevant. For these people, they’re busy, they’re eating at home with spouses and kids, they’re taking kids to lessons and practices, etc.
As for the second use – points and badges – umm … are we in grade school again? Get real, buy yourself a used Tamagotchi.
The most realistic use I can see is the discovery feature: what people have done that is cool and interesting and unique … and you want to do it on the weekend.
But late last year, he crunched the numbers and came to a shocking conclusion: that the 13 million owners of iPhone owners had already downloaded as much software as—are you sitting down—1.1 billion other cell-phone owners.
The “he” is Jeff Holden, an Amazon alumnus, and founder of Pelago, a mobile applications development company. The quote is in a BusinessWeek article announcing that iPhone users have downloaded 500 million apps from Apple’s App Store.
Think about that: 13 million iPhone users … more software than 1.1 billion other cell phone users.
If anyone thinks that the game has not changed, they are deluding themselves.
If anyone thinks that there’s nothing all the special about the iPhone, they’re delusional.
If anyone thinks that all the iPhone excitement is just hype, they’re not living in this world.
This is simply amazing. And the reason is: a device that works, a device that is friendly, a device that is usable, a device that invites use.
More on that last though later … as my wife just got her first cell phone: an iPhone.
I’m watching VP of iPhone software for Apple, Scott Forstall, in today’s Apple Event.
He’s demo’ing the API and development environment, and my first thought was: this is a trojan horse for Mac OS X development.
Thousands of developers are going to want to write applications for the hottest mobile device on the market … and as they do so, they’ll all be learning how to program for a Mac, using the same tools – the same development environment.
This is going to pay dividends for many years to come.
His link lead me to Funky Cloud, which has come out with the greatest little productivity app, LifeShaker:
That is a great little movie – check it out. I loved it, and my middle school daughter loved it too.
They need to make the video portable and give themselves a chance to go viral … I’d love to post the video here and let people see it. If people are interested, they’ll jump over the Lifeshaker site and get more info.