A roundup of today’s big stories in hyperlocal media, technology, advertising and startups.
Foursquare Hits 15 Million Users (BetaBeat)
Foursquare is, as they say, crushing it. They now have fifteen million users — three times as many as last year. Fifty percent of those users are in America; the other 50 percent are spread around the globe.
Gowalla Versus Foursquare: Why Pretty Doesn’t Always Win (TechCrunch)
Erick Schonfeld: Foursquare was able to build better network effects early on, and those just kept compounding. You don’t use Foursquare because it is a pretty app. You use it because all your friends use it, and because it is the geo-location platform across many apps.
Newsday to Hire 25 in Hyperlocal Digital Expansion (Poynter)
Memo: “Building on the success of its online and mobile products, Newsday will launch new digital products — web as well as iPhone, iPad and Android apps — specifically for Westchester County beginning early next year. Comprehensive, compelling hyper-local news, sports, opinion, things-to-do and entertainment coverage will serve the Westchester community.”
Clear Channel, Cumulus Team on Daily Deals (NetNewsCheck)
Cumulus Media’s daily deals platform SweetJack will expand its footprint to about 1,400 radio stations and websites across the country. The company’s 570 stations will also be featured on Clear Channel’s iHeartRadio digital platform.
ShopBatavia, ShopBirmingham Add Shopping to the Hyperlocal Mix (Local Onliner)
ShopCity lets hyperlocal sites, chambers of commerce, local publishers and local governments use a platform that provide enhanced listings, transactions and social media tools for SMBs. Two former Gatehouse digital staff have taken out new ShopCity sites: Emily Lowry, who launched The Magic City Post’s ShopBirmingham; and The Batavian’s Howard Owens, who yesterday launched ShopBatavia.
Gowalla Founders v. Gowalla Investors (Uncrunched)
Michael Arrington: I’d probably want to invest in Josh Williams and Scott Raymond the next time they start a company. They fought long and hard for a win. Next time they may get there.
Korean App Juspot Brings the Best of Twitter, Foursquare Together (The Next Web)
While most other location apps are based on users letting each other know what venues they have visited, Juspot instead focuses on creating a platform for local communities to connect through locations.