Know Where Your Shizzeeps Are

Twitter’s great and all but the Technorati needs to feast on a new dish. You know how it is.
According to AppScout, Four Square is the entree of choice at the South By Southwest/Interactive this year.

This year’s breakout story is sure to be a social network called foursquare, from the guys behind the now-defunct Dodgeball social-location service. Users “check in” from wherever they are on a given night, pinging foursquare to let their friends know where they are and to build their social cache.
It’s a fun way to keep track of where your friends are, make new friends, and find the hot hangout spots. The service has a nifty gimmick called “badges” to encourage users to get out and try new places, to secure a home base for themselves, and to recommend places to their friends. For instance, the user that has checked in the most from a given location becomes the “Mayor” of that location–one of several ways to find friends that hang out at the same spots you do.

Portland’s Shizzow is another geo-locating peer-to-peer update service ready to break onto the scene.
You can also use Shizzeeps, a web application built by @crunchysue using the Shizzow API to track the movements of Shizzow users in Austin or Portland.

About David Burn

I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am now head of brand strategy and creative direction at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.