Ever since Foursquare made an overnight sensation at SXSW (South by Southwest) in last March in Austin, Texas, its siblings emerged upon the scene quickly in both U.S. and China with more or less similar features – check into where you are to announce your whereabouts. If Facebook is all about who am I, Twitter is all about what I’m talking about, then LBS service like Foursquare is trying to tell people where am I.

From Fifty to Fifteen

Two years after Foursquare’s SXSW debut show, the once heated LBS market now has showed signs of cooling down in both markets. Gowalla was acquired by Facebook and the service would be discontinued in next year. Whrrl was acquired by Groupon in this April. In China, Digu shed 70% of headcounts two months ago largely due to uncertain profitability prospect. Digu claims 20.8% of Chinese LBS market according to a report by Beijing-based market researcher AnalysysInternational. For last year there’re at least 50 LBS services in China market, while in this year only about 15 remained.

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Ben Jiang

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