Is it Too Late for Foursquare Competitors? SCVNGR Hopes Not, Launches New Apps

first_imgRelated Posts sarah perez 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… SCVNGR, one of the up-and-coming startups in the “check-in” application category has been on a roll lately. It has almost 500,000 users, is on track for reaching one million users by year-end, has integrated with Facebook Places, has launched a self-serve platform and has established partnerships with 1,000 businesses including Warner Bros., Sony, NatGeo, ZipCar, Journeys, Hot Topic, NE Patriots, Boston Celtics, NY Times, Boston Globe, and several universities. There are also 12,000 locations offering rewards to the app’s users. Today, SCVNGR is launching updated versions of its mobile applications for iPhone and Android, in hopes of enticing even more users to sign up.SCVNGR 3.5The new release, SCVNGR 3.5, is much more social. Users can now comment on their friends’ check-ins and activity or even just dole out a “plus one” (+1), common Web shorthand for “I agree.” Another new feature is the “social map,” which, like it sounds, maps your friends’ check-ins on a map. The activity streams feature has also been updated, aggregating check-ins, pictures, badges, challenges and rewards into the stream together.Finally, the updated version of SVNGR is better highlighting where you can find real-world rewards, one of the primary reasons users download and play apps like these. In the Places section, for example, businesses offering rewards display “REWARD” next to their entry. And a “Rewards Nearby” feature within the “Rewards” section will help you scout out deals. Meanwhile, the “My Rewards” feature lets you track your progress on achieving various rewards, which are given out after a certain number of points are reached. But Can Anyone Beat Foursquare? SCVNGR, a Google-backed venture, launched to consumers in May of this year under the direction of Seth Priebatsch, its 21-year-old CEO. Priebatsch created his first startup at the age of 12, and later launched SCVNGR as a college freshman. He’s now on “leave-of-absence” from Princeton, managing a team of 60 at SCVNGR, a company whose most popular demographic is 17-31 year olds. As Foursquare is now doing with its university program and college-themed badges, SCVNGR is heavily involved in college outreach, working with over 350+ universities, offering ways to entice users to explore their campus.Of course, SCVNGR still trails behind location-based startup Foursquare in terms of user base. As of yesterday, Foursquare just hit the 4-million user mark, which prompted blogger Om Malik to note that reaching a million users for a service is the hardest. “Once you get those, the rest is gravy,” he said. But SCVNGR may soon join the million user club, if its growth trend continues – it’s signing up about 5,000 users per day right now. However, compared to Foursquare’s 20,000 users per day, it’s still going to lag far behind. Whether or not SCVNGR, or any check-in service for that matter, can catch up with Foursquare’s lead at this point is debatable. Have you played SCVNGR? Tell us what you think in the comments. center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Location#Product Reviews#web last_img read more

Federer beats Djokovic to win seventh Dubai title

first_imgDefending champion Roger Federer won his seventh Dubai Championships title and second of the year in defeating top-ranked Novak Djokovic 6-3, 7-5 on Saturday.This marked the seventh consecutive year – 11th time in 13 years – that Federer or Djokovic won this title. The only other tournaments Federer won seven times are Wimbledon, and Halle, Germany, both on grass.”Ever since I won here the first time, I fell in love with the tournament,” Federer said. “The seventh is quite unbelievable. It sounds pretty crazy to me.”Federer, who has 84 career titles, won in Brisbane, Australia, in January.”He deserved it,” Djokovic said. “I expected that from him.”I knew he was going to chip and charge, come to the net, serve and volley.”The 5,000-seat stadium was sold out, but many more people were standing around at the top. They were treated to a high-caliber match. Federer needed five more aces to become just the fourth player since 1991 to serve 9,000 career aces. He served 12 in the final.He joined Goran Ivanisevic (10,183), Ivo Karlovic (9,375), and Andy Roddick (9,074) in cracking the 9,000 aces mark.”I even remember which one it was because I was counting them,” Federer said. “It was one of the swinger wides.”It’s nice to get past that so I don’t have to think about it ever again, or until the next thousand or so.”Federer saved all seven break points he faced, while Djokovic lost both break points he faced. Djokovic sailed a backhand long on break point in the eighth game of the first set.advertisementIn the second set, Djokovic had a 40-0 lead in the 11th game, but watched Federer rebound to break his serve with an inside out forehand crosscourt winner.”The first set belonged to me, but the second set belonged to him more, really,” Federer said. “It was a huge game at 5-all, 40-love for him.”I crawled my way back into that game and ended up breaking him,” Federer added. “That was big but the break points I saved were even bigger.”last_img read more