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It's time we talk, Facebook, before you do something you'll really regret. You see, I noticed you with that look in your eye again. The sort of look that marks the end of a promising young company and along with it a well-loved API. You say you're changing, but I'm not sure I can ever trust you. Let me tell you why.
Gowalla's rocky couple of years ended with a talent acquisition by Facebook of the former location-sharing app. Left in the dust were developers using the Gowalla API, including Ben Dodson and his field notes app for Gowalla. Dodson's latest creation is a Gowalla-inspired app that focuses just on the gaming elements rather than check-ins. And because Dodson remembers struggling with Gowalla's early API, the WallaBee API is available from the start. In fact, before the start.
Check-in app Gowalla puts a fun twist on location sharing by helping its users discover wonderfully-designed virtual items that can be found, swapped, and dropped all over the place. Developer Ben Dodson used the Gowalla API to put together Wallabee Travel Edition.
Gowalla, the location-based social network, is beginning to establish itself as the most generously interoperable of its check-in–offering peers. At a SWSX panel last week about integrated location data, Gowalla co-founder and CTO Scott Raymond indicated that developers would soon even be able to download data en masse from Gowalla for their own manipulation and analysis. When asked by the moderator, Programmable Web Executive Editor Adam DuVander, "Can I download Gowalla's data," Raymond responded that providing the option was "definitely on the roadmap."
Gowalla said a writeable API was coming soon. Today, the check-in API is available to developers. Though it took longer than anyone expected, the announcement and the API have some nice aspects to help developers use the new features.
Location-sharing service Gowalla is preparing to launch its long-awaited write API (our Gowalla API profile). The move could makes its platform as desirable as its main competitor, FourSquare. With it, comes the need to relinquish a bit of control of the user experience, something Gowalla has considered an important factor of its success.
Gowalla, the location aware social networking service, has announced the release of their first public API (our Gowalla API profile). This will help them keep up with other location-centric social services like Foursquare's new API.