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App wants to be the portal for all checkins and tweets, raises $11M... and the digerati are silent
Overwhelmed by all the check-in and microblogging apps you need to use? There’s an app for you.
Tweetsii, which launches today, wants to fit Foursquare, Gowalla, and Twitter under its one big umbrella app. Personally, I don’t use any of those services very much, but I might use Tweetsii if it can integrate them as effectively as it hopes.
The app, created by real-time, location-enabled, social-media, every-generic-buzz-word-possible platform GyPSii wants to gather data from the above-mentioned services, provide useful content filterable by location, social graph, time, etc., and allow users to tweet, check in, make recommendations and send alerts to the various location-based and micoblogging services from a single screen.
In other words, it wants to be the one-stop social media app.
Twitter pundit Jeff Pulver’s is big on the product--after testing a beta version he said he’d "discovered a product I think reveals a true post-Web 2.0 real time web vision. It goes beyond Web 2.0, mash-ups, website-based search, and delivers the app that to me, epitomizes the ‘State of Now.’ I believe Tweetsii is the next big step in the real time web experience."
The service is still a bit buggy--it freezes up when I attempt check in at the moment, but there's a chance (small at the moment) this could eventually be my default mobile social app. I particularly like the "nearby" updates tab in the home screen. Turns out there was a social media conference just 961 feet away from where I'm sitting a few days ago. As more people geo-tag their tweets, this could be a useful discovery tool for learning what I should check out nearby.
GyPSii also announced today that it closed $11 million funding round led by U.K.-based Schroders, bringing its total fundraising to $40 million. Thanks in part to bundling partnerships with Samsung, LG, HTC, Lenovo and Apple, the company’s various services, which includes a location-based app API for telecoms, have over 1 million users.
In a market where traction is everything, it helps to have the early-adopter digerati on your side, and I don’t think Tweetsii has it. No word from Dave McClure, Mike Arrington, Robert Scoble, VentureBeat, no posts on Techmeme—nothing really save a few words from Fast Company. For a company that’s raised that much money and has those kind of ambitions, the silence is curious... except that the company is not funded by anyone in Silicon Valley. It’ll be interesting to see if they can take off without the help of the Valley's social tech mafia... or if the mafia will adopt them.
Tweetsie will be available first on the Apple Appstore for iPhone, followed by Android and Blackberry platforms.
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GyPSii provides real-time mobile web technologies and products that connect your world in real time. GyPSii is the market-leading mobile digital lifestyle application, providing an integrated social media and contextual advertising platform.
GyPSii connects people, places, communities, content and advertising across networks and devices, with patented and patent applied-for technologies for the transfer and publishing of location based information between mobile devices.
GyPSii provides applications and API solutions to a wide range of companies, such as Samsung, LG, RIM, Wind River, Garmin, China Unicom, China Mobile, China Telecom, Garmin, Intrinsyc and Telmap. GyPSii apps are available on Apple’s iPhone, Symbian, Windows Mobile, RIM Blackberry, Android, Java, MID/Linux, Palm webOS, and accessible via most well-known mobile app stores.
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Tweetsii SM is a new real time application that connects people with places by bridging the Twitter world with the real world and location-based social media. Tweetsii is inherently mobile and allows users to tweet, check-in, send alerts, create place-based photos and videos and to connect with the people and places around them while they’re on the go.