As the first week of 2012 commences, everyone is speculating about what will happen this year in the hyperlocal industry. Jonathan Moyal sees Lucky Ant helping communities play a bigger role in local business. Jeremy Mims predicts growth for Groupon and Michelle Jones hopes to create an alternative to Yelp. Also, Sam Lessin describes how Facebook’s check-in with timelines is an entirely new kind of LBS and more.
Jeremy Mims, Own Local, January 2, 2012
Street Fight: Saying Groupon is only daily deals and can never be anything else is vastly underestimating this team. Groupon’s future will look far more diverse than many pundits are giving them credit for.
Nate Carter, journo, ex-Patch employee, December 29, 2011
Business Insider: In order for Patch to be successful, major cost restructuring is in order. Patch needs to cut costs by roughly 60% to 70% in order to give it a hope of reaching profitability in this decade.
Sam Lessin, Facebook Timeline Project Manager, December 29, 2011
Venture Beat: [The check-in] is cool, but it’s only part of the equation. I think that use case will certainly still power serendipity, but it’s only part of the story. We’re in the early stages of location being an awesome story-telling medium.
Michelle Jones, Menu and Hours, January 3, 2012
Telecrunch: The general idea is that when you’re looking for information about restaurants on your iPhone chances are pretty good you’re looking for the menu, the restaurant’s hours and contact info. That’s it.
Paul Allen, researcher, January 3, 2012
New York Times: It [Google +] is gaining 625,000 people a day. In the last week of November it was signing up 199,000 a day.
Seth Priebatsch, LevelUp, December 26, 2011
Street Fight: 2012 will be all about the transaction. The companies focusing on location-based interaction are going to drive to connect the engagement they can create with the register.