I’ve been a fan since I found Tintin as a child in my local library in Noblesville, IN. I used to check them out over and over again, and I can still remember the torn pages of a book that’s been on the shelf way too long. I’ve been able to pass on the joy of reading Tintin to my 7 year old – who loves the adventure, laughs at the well timed slapstick humor – and mimics the Captain’s endearing outbursts.
I’m Gowalla user #91. They’re at about 2 million now. But, alas… they are no more. I’ve been easing into the idea for months now – my slow decline in usage started with a series of events: taking away my (yes my) icons, demoting check-ins, and my social graph moving on to other apps/sites. Gowalla is one of my first true “must have services” that have disappeared. Why am I sad, because Gowalla was meaningful to me.