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Google™+ History to import your past web records

Google, the search engine giant, is working on a state-of-the-art API for its 11-month-old Google+ platform.

Dubbed as Google+ History, the latest API will include support for third-party app platforms. That means, it will enable the users to add past updates, events, status updates, pictures, and check-ins onto your Google+ profile from a range of mobile and social networking platforms like Twitter and Foursquare. This data from the past would then be imported and displayed in attractive tiles called ‘moments’.

Google’s Ken Norton explained in his fanfare-less announcement, “The idea behind Google+ history is that you do a lot of things on the web, but you might only want to share some of them. Right now Facebook’s Open Graph API often catches users by surprise. Even though they’ve authorized auto-sharing, they might not realize the article they read or video they watched is being broadcasted to friends”.

With some lines of code, your app can save a visited restaurant or a song listened by you alone on your Google+ History. And from there you can share it with your friends and family on your Google+ profile.

This new API is primarily a convenient way to enhance your Google+ profile with your past content and give it a Facebook Timeline-like look.

Frequent Downtime Outages on FourSquare

Foursquare is a social networking application which provides location based service. If you are a foursquare user then you can check in using a mobile website, text messaging or a device based specification. This service was launched last year by Naveen selvadurai and Danis Crowley. You can also integrate it with Facebook and Twitter. After launched in 2009 it is only growing bigger, despite the presence of bigger players like Google and Facebook. Foursquare people use Shard to maintain the database that allows data to be stored rows rather than columns. They found some problem in the previous technique and try to install new shard. But the new shard took over entire service and each time they reload the new one, the original shard kept overloading and down the system.

Now Foursquare is growing bigger and it seems to be in the position to choose their destiny i.e. in which they want to move on. Now they can go ahead as an independent company and settle down all the details.  Now a days, Twitter is very famous for its downtime and when you will visit the official site you can see number of posts and status update about recent downtimes.

Google and Amazon provides different page for status update and feedback. The downtime incidents are becoming regular these days and Common to all these services, previous downtime issues that hit the community hard. Most of the companies are not serious on this issue; the truth is until they get a big downtime they do not consider the issue seriously. But all these downtime issues only affect their status and system integrity. But the problem is that despite their great efforts some never get over this and the problem continues.

Location based services are very hot in market today and Foursquare is one of them. Foursquare cannot afford to be down for 11 hours. This downtime can be too costly for them as the market is very volatile and you will have to stay in the market.  If Foursquare does not take the issue seriously and continues to down, then there are no doubts that they will fall behind in the market especially when your competitor is Facebook place. Facebook also saw downtime in recent years but they showed lot of reliability and character and now the problem is tackled by them. So it is very necessary for Foursquare to tackle the issue very seriously and make sure that the incidents like this will never happen in the future. From my personal experience I love to use Foursquare, but due to good reliability I am using Facebook places more often now. In Foursquare, sometimes the application does not refresh properly or they take so much time to locate the area. And I think that reliability is a big factor in the market especially when you have to attract the customer.

Foursquare talks about collaboration with Google, Microsoft and Yahoo!

Foursquare’s co-founder Dennis Crowley recently announced that the location-based equivalent to social networks is currently in negotiations with Internet search giants, hoping to create a data partnership that will allow integration. He believes the data Foursquare will contribute to search engines will enrich the results generated.

According to him, this could repeat Twitter’s success but with location information rather than messages. Twitter was the first social network to join forces with the search engine giants, granting them a commercial license to show the “tweets” in real-time. Of course, this was at the cost of a few million dollars. It seems that Foursquare believes that such an investment will be greatly beneficiary in the future.

Truth or hearsay

No one in Google, Microsoft or Yahoo has denied this statement yet, however none of them have said anything specific either. Apparently, the idea is that Foursquare would optimize and anonymize its feeds regarding the trendiest places now and feed it into the search engines. With this integration, users would be able to browse bars and restaurants in locations near them as in search results. They would then get points or badges for a certain number of visits.

Foursquare could actually be considered a success, since it recently reached two million users. It also has a commercial valued of ninety five million dollars. In addition to that, it already has integrated applications for checking in the most popular devices such as Apple iPhone, Windows Mobile and Google’s Android phone. The list of its investors includes tycoons from Silicon Valley such as Andreessen Horowitz. Also present are the technologically oriented Marc Andreessen (who not only invested in Twitter, but sits on the board of Facebook) and finally Ben Horowitz – former HP vice president.

The past and present

This is not Crowley’s first idea for a successful business or his first interaction with Google either. In 2005, he sold the Dodgeball, the text predecessor of Foursquare to the search engine. It did not end up well though, since Google actually shut it down in 2009. Apparently, Crowley does not mind. He said that he is still in touch with the guys from Google and has even hired some of their former employees.

Foursquare has also been compared with Gowalla – a geo-tagging social network, which was launched around the same time in 2009. Crowley, however, refuted any possibility of future cooperation because he believes there are differences not only in the social angle but in the visions for future development as well.

Whether two million users are enough to reflect the public’s preferences and whether it would be worth investing in still remains to be seen. What is certain is that just as Facebook invites you to share what’s on your mind and Twitter wants to know what’s going on, Foursquare, Gowalla and others are focusing on a new interesting question – where are you and where do you like to go. Foursquare will only help you locate the best places to go in Google search, but it will also let you tell your friends where you are.

Foursquare and their 100 Millionth Check-In

Foursquare is a location-based social networking service who has just received its 100 millionth check in this last Monday evening. They announced this the next day on Tuesday. This check in has marked another landmark for the social networking service. Foursquare has seen a rapid increase in growth for the past few months.

On June 23, the company announced it was growing at the rate of a hundred thousand users for every tenth day it is in service. This rate would put its current user base at more than 2 million people if you assume that this growth continues to increase steadily over the past month.

What exactly is Foursquare?

Foursquare is a service that connects users with their friends and contacts in the real world by giving them the opportunity to register their current locations using check-ins. These check-ins can be shared with friends and sometimes even strangers via social networking services like Twitter. This can be typically accessed through a GPS equipped mobile phone. The users can also register new locations if their current locale does not exist in the database already of hundreds of thousands of places.

The company, however, did not detail where the 100 millionth check in took place in real time. Foursquare has just taken a $20 million venture investment that has turned the value of the social network at $95 million. For the preening “mayors”, their obsessive check-in in with Foursquare’s mobile software has been successfully monetized.

The company has managed to take in money before but not in this kind of scale and range. Foursquare’s original funding round in September 2009 reached $1.35 million which was followed by a presumably lower “bridge” round. Although the use of the location service has mushroomed, the interest of Silicon Valley’s deeper pockets also did as well.

This includes Yahoo which is believed to have bid close to $100 million for Foursquare in April. Facebook was reported to have held talks as well. Andreesen Horowitz is the venture firm which is putting in a current $20 million round which has also approached Foursquare in the spring before it decided to give up.

Foursquare Complaints Overlooked By Hype

Kara Swisher at All Things D predicted this acquisition last week. She says that the interest in Foursquare is overhypes and not very clear yet if that popularity translates into solid businesses. The fact is that it is not visibly clear if Foursquare will ever be refined into something genuinely useful for a considerable portion of society. This is actually possible if one has enough focus and iteration. It is even said that Foursquare is used mainly by urbanites to posture or even stalk private gatherings.

Still, over the past six months, the company has showed the public that it has the attention span of a drink-slamming club hopper. Maybe the new investors of Foursquare will be able to help focus and formalize the startup for a bit.

Google Mobile Applications Collecting Wi-Fi Location Data

There’s a big reason Google can blackout the Street View cars with still maintaining its geo-location service quality on mobile devices. The reason is they are sourcing the data. The company has confirmed that some laptop and mobile phone users, who use Google applications to share their location and position with friends, are helping Google in building Wi-Fi hot spots database. The users normally realize it that they are allocating their location with Google as well as its partners. Though, they don’t realize that they are helping Google to match up their Wi-Fi hot-spot data of location as GPS synchronizes through broadcasting the location of every Wi-Fi access point comes in the wireless range.

How It Happened?

For instance, when any Google Maps Navigation client ask for a fix at their site, they send a complete record of all MAC (Media Access Control) addresses to Google which are related with wireless hot spots, accessible within the range. It needs to be verified through Google database for the addresses which are gathered by Street View project, said Steve Lee, Google’s group product manager. The triangulation of Wi-Fi hot-spot is a frequently used process to detect the location in modern smart phones, because GPS doesn’t work always in urban places and there is every chance of cell-tower positioning to be imprecise.

Though, Google applications also put in unique MAC addresses to the database, which makes your phone a Google Wi-Fi sensor. Additionally, laptop owners who use browsers, which can make use of HTML5 geo-location technologies (Firefox 3.5 for example),are also giving their contribution to this database during their location uploading to services like Foursquare, Twitter Firefox geo-location. When these data sent reverse to Firefox, it allocates its location of all the MAC addresses available in range with Google for mapping intentions.

Google’s Reaction

According to the company, there is a difference between Google’s mobile applications and its Street View project. The difference is that Google mobile applications don’t collect any payload data. Google is under hammer all over the world after it revealed the fact that the Street View cars collected payload data or you can say ‘actual user data’ through unprotected wireless access points as well as MAC address data utilized for positioning. Whereas all fallout works its approach by courtrooms, Google has abandoned the Street View cars project.

Google’s Further Explanations

This software isn’t collecting MAC addresses through client devices like mobile phones and laptops, Lee said. That’s for confidentiality reasons and more practical concept which mapping client devices, is rather useless, because they continuously on the move. The data of location given to Google is unidentified and users can refuse to send back that data to Google, Lee said. Though, if you refuse to send “unidentified location data” to Google, you won’t be allowed to make use of wireless network to triangulate your exact position. It will result into either helping Google in collecting data or falling back on GPS or tower positioning to discover where you are.

Therefore, majority of users consent to distribute their data of location with Google, Lee added. Google gathers this data when applications aren’t in operation which means you don’t even need to use maps application to stay tabs through wireless hot spots situated in your area.

Foursquare- A Developing Social Networking Site

This article is about the foursquare a social networking site, which has been introduced last year. It has raised its capital by $20 million dollars. The new investments have decided to place the company at $95 million. The company added the new partner Andreesen Horowitz. Internet pioneer Marc Andreessen who was the founder of the Netscape and Ben Horowitz is leading the venture capital firm of the company.

Facts about the foursquare

Foursquare is basically a social networking site which connects millions of different people from different countries. This social networking site was introduced in the year 2009 in the month of March. This social networking site enables its users to locate their friends through mobile phones also. The site has more than 1.8 million users till the date which means around it adds around 10,000 users everyday.  Dennis Crowley is the founder of this new company.

Development of the company

The company has recently raised $20 million dollars from its venture capitalists.  Dennis crowlay, the founder and naveen selvadurai his fellow entrepreneur said that the raised capital will be used to develop the infrastructure and technology of the company. He further added that this amount will also help them to employ more people and expand their staff as well as to relocate its company to the city of New York in United States of America. He also commented that this capital will also help them to fulfill the needs and desires of the company and will allow them to take all kinds of technical support too. The foursquare has earlier raised around $1.35 million dollars for the development from some of the popular finance companies like O’Reilly Alpha tech Ventures and Union Squares Ventures which have earlier financed the famous web companies like twitter, tumblr and Etsy. The new investments has decided to place the company at $95 million. The company added the new partner andreesen Horowitz. Internet pioneer Marc Andreessen    who was the founder of the Netscape and Ben Horowitz is leading the venture capital firm of the company. Mr. Horowitz commented that the foursquare is getting vast market attention from various mobile services and application. He also added that there are more than 200 million users of the Smartphone’s and still continuing. The company is still building and developing. The company has established its relationship with the more than 10,000 business partners which popular companies include various star bucks, bravo tv, zagat’s and the new York times. The foursquare is not only a mobile company but also offers various advertisements to the customers. Ms Sterling commented that face book and Google are threat to the foursquare. But she also commented that these two companies also have their own problems and limitations. He further added that this amount will also help them to employ more people and expand their staff as well as to relocate its company to the city of New York in United States of America.

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