When we launched Highlights in September, we knew that along with check-ins and photos, they would become a very interesting way to view your city. We quickly began designing what a city page might look like, complete with current activity, highlights and more. With over 30,000 Highlights added by our community, we’ve got enough to go on to begin making this interesting. So today we’re thrilled to launch the first iteration. Here’s what the San Francisco Bay Area looks like.
Of course, Blue Bottle and Sightglass are topping the Best Cup list, but you may be surprised to see the other Highlights that are bubbling up. If you haven’t added your own, you should now to help us improve this little social atlas that we’re all building together. We’re excited about making these City Pages even more interesting in the weeks to come and totally appreciate your feedback.
Today we’re also launching a way for local businesses and venues to claim their spots on Gowalla. This is something many of you have been asking about for a while, and we’re excited that we can launch it alongside City Pages. We’re making it easy to find your spot page, claim your location, update the information about your business that is displayed on Gowalla, then add a welcome message or special offer to folks who check in at your location.
You can get started by claiming your spot on Gowalla today at gowalla.com/business.
While there are other services like Yelp and CitySearch that provide listings services based around cities, our goal is not to create another local directory service. Rather we aim to show you what’s popular based on your friends’ activity, what’s going on right now, and what hidden gems are waiting to be found locally.
Finally, for businesses and venues in San Francisco, NYC and Austin, we’ve launched a little experimental program to let you purchase and reserve a custom stamp for your business. You can reserve your place on our 2011 Custom Stamp Calendar for as little as $5. This limited offer is an awesome way to feature your venue on Gowalla. Learn more by visiting our 2011 Custom Stamp Calendar.
Today’s City Pages, Verified Venues and Stamp Calendar launch is the first of a handful of significant updates coming over the next 6 weeks. Obviously we’ve been spending a lot of time on our website, but I can’t wait to show you what we’ve been working on for our mobile apps. More to come!
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