Foursquare vs. Gowalla User Stats

February 15, 2010

Gowalla just recently released their API to the public and Osnapz now has a list of top Gowalla users, similar to the list of top foursquare users.  While working on these lists, I’ve seen several interesting things about foursquare and Gowalla users:

  • If you sort the lists by Friends, you’ll see a lot of the same users at the top of the list.
    • @elavrov is #1 on foursquare and #2 on Gowalla,
    • @waynesutton is #1 on Gowalla and #16 on foursquare
    • @loic is #5 on foursquare and #3 on Gowalla
    • Other top users on both lists: @jonathan360, @davepeck, @steverubel, @clatko
  • The number of friends  is far greater on foursquare than Gowalla.  There are currently 24 people with 1000+ friends on foursquare, while the max on Gowalla is in the 700’s.  Does that mean people are engaging and sharing with their friends more on foursquare?
  • While processing Gowalla member stats, I’m seeing around 40-50% of Gowalla users with no stamps, meaning they have never checked in anywhere and aren’t using the service
  • While updating foursquare member stats, I see a fair number of foursquare accounts which were once active, and are now deleted.  Seems like a fair number of people stop using the service and decide to delete their account.
  • The founders of foursquare and Gowalla are checking each other out, but not using the competition much
  • Some of the top foursquare users who are also on Gowalla, but much more active on foursquare
    • @scobleizer, @typezero3, @carl, @stevekeys

3 Responses to “Foursquare vs. Gowalla User Stats”

  1. Joel Says:

    what do you think can be gleaned from the number of friends people have on these services?

    Isn’t it a similar “mistake” to simply counting friends on Twitter?

    Level of activity plotted over time would be cool.


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  3. Liam Says:

    Most of the deleted foursquare accounts are people who cheat.

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