I had been following the progress of both Foursquare and Gowalla since they launched at SXSW in 2009. Even though I didn’t feel the need to join either until recently. I was more attracted to Gowalla because of it’s beautiful & colorful design (obviously), and because it was less popular (you see, I like rooting for the underdog) so I joined. Then they released that version 4.0 which nobody understood how to use even though it was still beautiful, then a few weeks/months later they announced the sale to Facebook. Needless to say, I was unhappy with the news. First because they gave-up, second because they sold out to big blue. I deleted my account but didn’t jump onto Foursquare yet. I wanted to watch the space to see how Gowalla’s exit will affect it.
If you had asked anybody to mention Location Based Services they knew, they’d mention Foursquare first then [most likely] Gowalla. Despite the fact that Foursquare had more users, and more activity, Gowalla still had the recognition of being their rival.
February is over! Big thanks to those who patronized. Progress, completion & payment details are being communicated to you via email. And thanks also to those who shared. I have to go for NYSC and would probably not have access to my computer, [desktop] internet etc. for a while. Hence I wouldn’t be taking up any requests for design work for now. When I’m available again, I’ll announce here and on twitter.
UPDATE: I don’t leave until the 22nd of March. I’ll be using the remaining time to tie up loose ends on current projects.
I’ll also take 3 requests (via email) for simple, non-elaborate, colored & shaded illustrations for N7,500 a pop. See regular procedure here.