Thursday, November 18, 2010

Disney Goes Gowalla

Image from the Disney Parks Blog
I'm sure you're all aware of this (if the 70 Gowalla friend requests I got in the past 24 hours mean anything), but the Disney Parks Blog announced yesterday that Disney and Gowalla are teaming up together.  Yes, this means that my post from last week is no longer up-to-date, since I mentioned Foursquare in depth and Gowalla not at all, but I'm willing to overlook that for this HUGE step that Disney is taking.  They are truly embracing technology, and this is one of those times that I really think that Disney does listen to us.  We want to check in, we want cool badges, and we think this is awesome!  Or at least I do.

The one thing that I wasn't a huge fan of is that they went with Gowalla over Foursquare.  I do understand why they did it (thanks to Cliff's insight in the Betamouse Friendfeed room), what with the fact that you can add pictures to your check-ins.  Also, there this cool feature on Gowalla called "trips," where you can create a trip that consists of multiple locations, and then (I assume) you get a special badge (pin?  stamp?  whatever they're called on Gowalla) when you've checked into the different parts of that "trip."  And it looks like Disney's created some cool trips, along with tons of unique badges.  It's awesome, but I prefer my good old Foursquare.

I was having some issues with Gowalla when I first tried it out yesterday (it wouldn't let me check-in to a place I was at because it thought I was too far away), but I'd like to think that all the bugs will be worked out if you used it in Walt Disney World.  I also would like to think that there could, eventually, be real rewards for checking into places, like a discount for checking into a restaurant or store or even a cool real-life sticker or badge.  I think this Disney plus Gowalla thing has some real potential, and I honestly hope that Disney does more with it.  Though I'd probably be perfectly happy just to use it, even if they left it alone.  Way to go, Disney.  I'm proud of you.

What do you think about the Disney/Gowalla announcement?  Did you join/download immediately like many others?  Are you excited to try it out?  Or do you not plan on using it?  Let me know what you think in a comment, on Twitter (@discollegeblog), or on Facebook!
 

9 comments:

  1. Honestly I wish Disney went with 4square. Gowalla is fun too but 4square is easier(for me) to use. I also think 4square is the more popular of the two applications. Which makes me wonder what's it worth to Disney to work with gowalla. (I'm a cynic can't you tell ;-)

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  2. Well Cliff made a good point that Gowalla makes more sense with the picture aspect for the Let the Memories Begin campaign, since you can add photos to your check-ins. Also the trip thing is really, really cool, and Foursquare doesn't have anything like that.

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  3. Touche! I guess I just wish there was an app that connected all of these place, foursquare, gowalla and any other "here I am" app into one manageable thing. Because now instead of switching to gowalla I'm using both! lol

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  4. I used both on a trip to the mall today. Gowalla lacked some places that Foursquare had. Ironically, this included the Disney Store. I am looking forward to getting pins in 3 weeks, though.

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  5. So exciting! I'm looking forward to using Gowalla in January!

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  6. I'm liking Gowalla thus far. I do wish it had the mayor feature Foursquare has (leaderboard just isn't as intriguing) but it's fun!

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  7. Aww, no mayorships in Gowalla? That is kinda lame.

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  8. I signed up for Gowalla specifically because of the Disney badges. Had a lot of fun picking them up at Magic Kingdom, but I was always disappointed to find a generic one. No custom badge for Peter Pan's Flight? Come on!

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  9. Aww, well at least you had fun using it!

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