Local Quotables: Armstrong, Radcliffe, Andrzejewski and more

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The best words about and around the hyperlocal industry. 

Tim Armstrong was back out there defending Patch again this week. Elsewhere, researchers noted the rapidly growing influence of Pinterest, which is gaining on Twitter as a traffic driver. Over at Foodspotting, Alexa Andrzejewski corrects any misconceptions there might be that her company is just “Instagram” for food. Damian Radcliffe says LBS products “haven’t quite lived up to the hype.”  And more: 

Tim Armstrong, AOL, February 1, 2012
Forbes: “We don’t have a massive number of patches on a run-rate profitability, and some of them have bounced in and bounced out.”

Tim O’Shaughnessy, LivingSocial, January 27,2012
TechCrunch: “Everybody knows a lot of marketing has gone into this space. Guess what? When you click on an ad and you are taken to a page, that is traffic. Once you get enough users, if you stop doing some of that marketing, you will have a significant drop in traffic.”

Researchers, Shareaholic, January 31, 2012
Mashable: Pinterest accounted for 3.6% of referral traffic, while Twitter just barely edged ahead of the newcomer, accounting for 3.61% of referral traffic. In July 2011, Pinterest accounted for just 0.17% of referral traffic, proving the site’s blockbuster growth.

Jessica Bennett, Tumblr, February 1, 2012
New York Times: “Tumblr is basically hiring a staff to celebrate creativity and innovation. How many companies can say that?”

Damian Radcliffe, researcher, February 1, 2012
Online Journalism Blog: “Facebook’s recent purchase of location-based service Gowalla … suggests that the social network still thinks there is a future for this type of “check in” service. Touted as “the next big thing” ever since Foursquare launched at SXSW in 2009, to date Location Based Services (LBS) haven’t quite lived up to the hype.”

Alexa Andrzejewski, Foodspotting, February 1, 2012
GigaOm: “We never meant for it [Foodspotting] to be just photo-sharing, it’s not Instagram for dishes or food … It’s trying to be a better food finding app and discovery app.”

Dan Street, Loku, February 2, 2012
AGBeat: “You simply can’t offer a local-focused service without it being hyper-personalized.”

Yancey Strickler,KickStarter, January 30, 2012
New York Times: “I think that people like to give in part because everyone wants to be part of the movies and we all like to feel magnanimous, to help something creative get made. It’s sort of the triumph of the normal person.”