GetGlue for iPhone updated with new social features

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GetGlue, a social networking TV related application, has just been updated to support some very neat new social features. What this app does is acts like a Foursquare for television. You can tell it what you watch – and when – and it will recommend different places to you. A lot of this is part of the recent 4.0 update though, for which the change log is found here:

What’s New in Version 4.0

- A personalized guide for TV, movies and sports.
- Get recommendations for the best shows and movies on now.
- Check-in and chat with friends and fans while you watch.
- Enjoy the best clips, photos and articles for your favorite shows and movies.
- Never miss a key premiere, finale or major event that’s important to you.
- Unlock stickers and other rewards from your favorite shows.

With these new social features, such as the feed from your friends where you can like different posts from friends or other fans of shows you watch, also comes some new business moves from the app. Like Twitter does, it will have the ability to advertise in your feed by recommending you different shows. A statistic to show that this sort of social interaction is becoming big is that GetGlue claims that 15% of the tweets regarding Pepsi during the Super Bowl (due to its commercial) came from its application. If you are interested in the full explanation of the update, you can check out the press release below.

New GetGlue for iPhone, New Ad Product, and Partnership with the GRAMMY Awards
Today we are excited to announce a new GetGlue iPhone app with significant new features, a new advertising product, and a partnership with the GRAMMY awards. The app will be available in the app store Thursday, February 7, at 9 am ET.

New GetGlue for iPhone
GetGlue is a passionate community of nearly 4 million social television fans. Each day fans share what they are watching with friends and chat about their favorite shows. This new release leverages over 700 million data points in our database as well as the best content from around the web to enhance the discovery on both the first and second screen.

1. Feed. The main Feed now combines updates from friends and shows. In addition to seeing what your friends are watching, you now get video clips, pictures, and recaps from your top shows right in your main Feed. Fans no longer have to seek second­screen content on different sites; all the interesting updates come up in their GetGlue Feed.
2. Guide. The new GetGlue comes with a smart, personalized Guide to what to watch on TV, on streaming, and in theaters. The Guide shows you what your friends are watching and what is trending on GetGlue. Sports fans can get live scores and stats for their favorite teams directly in their Guide. Unlike traditional guides, GetGlue is your full entertainment calendar. You can find new episodes, premieres, finales, movies, games, and major events happening in the coming weeks and months, so that you never miss them.
3. Show Pages. The show Feeds bring you live conversations and media surrounding your favorite shows. Fans can chat with with friends, other fans, networks, and stars while watching the shows they love. The new @ to mention feature is a great way to chat with Facebook friends who are not on GetGlue. You can see which of your Facebook friends like the same show and talk to them without leaving GetGlue. You can also use the show pages to get the latest clips, images, and recaps, as well as post your own links to additional content.

Promoted Entries
We are also announcing immediate availability of our new advertising product for brands, networks, and studios. These native advertising units are called Promoted Entries and can show up on the Feed and Guide pages, offering advertisers a way to connect with their customers around TV shows, movies, and major events.
Any type of content ­ a message, a photo, or a video ­ can be promoted and will appear at the top of the Feed for the entire sponsored campaign. When a user likes a Promoted Entry, it becomes viral and hops to friends’ Feeds.
Promoted Entries were first unveiled this past Sunday during the Super Bowl in partnership with Pepsi, the exclusive launch sponsor. Pepsi promoted a clip featuring the Fan Made Countdown video leading up to the Pepsi Halftime Show, and then they rewarded fans with a sticker for checking­ in.
During halftime, over 15% of all tweets about Pepsi came from GetGlue. Also, GetGlue was the #2 source of all tweets about Pepsi, only behind Twitter for iPhone. For the GetGlue recap of the Super Bowl, visit this post on our blog.

The GRAMMY Awards
GetGlue is also announcing that it has partnered with the Recording Academy for the upcoming GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, February 10. All fans who check­in to the GRAMMYs via a GetGlue widget on http://www.grammy.com/live will unlock exclusive branded stickers. In addition, five lucky fans who check­in will win special prize packs, and finally, one very lucky fan will win the grand prize: two seats to next year’s GRAMMY awards!

Fun Sticker Upgrades
GetGlue is known for its unique and quirky badge system of digital and real stickers. So far, more than 75 networks have rewarded fans of over 700 shows with exclusive stickers. Today we are pleased to introduce additional fun upgrades for GetGlue stickers:
You can now pick the stickers you get every month. ­ You can now get real copies of your stickers sent outside the US. ­ If your friends join GetGlue, you get to unlock past stickers and earn extra free shipping.
The program launches as beta, and in the future fans may need to pay for shipping and handling.

About GetGlue
GetGlue is a community of nearly 4 million passionate TV, movie, and sports fans. GetGlue offers each fan a personalized guide to what to watch on TV, on streaming, and in theaters. Users share what they are watching, chat live with friends and other fans on second screen, and get the latest media and news from their favorite shows. GetGlue is based in New York City and backed by Union Square Ventures, RRE Ventures, TimeWarner Investments, and Rho Ventures.

What do you think? Interested in this application? Already a user and happy with the update? Let us know in the comments, or tweet me @TiP_Kyle.

 

Via: Engadget, App Store

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  • repsac3

    Not at all happy with the update. Lost the ability to check in to books, music, games, topics, and thoughts, and the new interface is slow and clunky. Hoping @getglue comes to their senses, listens to their users, and brings back the great app they used to be…or that some savvy developer comes in to pick up all the users that @getglue is choosing to ignore.

  • Mevic1

    Gotta admit, I hate the new direction and will not be updating to Version 4 since the older format will remain supported for the time being. Roughly half of my check-ins are games and I quite enjoy having a format where my comments on those games are read and agreed with on a fairly regular basis. Plus I was finally getting where I’d start trying to Guru some things only to hear that those are now gone. If you don’t like the new GG I say keep your app in-updated, that’ll send a clear message.

  • Mevic1

    By “those” I mean Gurus and meant to say un-updated (missed the autocorrect).

  • repsac3

    @getglue  @getglue To update, it seems the CEO @alexiskold is listening and responding (SEE: http://bit.ly/14JWMCi )…
     
    Sadly, he prefers to make GetGlue into just another “second screen” TV/Movie app like Miso, Into_Now, …, … (into the BEST one obviously, but the “king” of that narrowly focused, somewhat crowded mountain), rather than realizing that what he already has is it’s very own “mountain of one” (and ALREADY ranks pretty high on that other mountain, as well.) No other app is paying attention to the full spectrum of things that people do in their spare time… TV and movies, sure, but people read, play music or games, and think about things…and they want to share the experiences too…and have been, on GetGlue.
     
    “Borrowed” and reposted from @ghdragonfly: A great call to action for those who care about the future of this great app and site:
     
    WHAT YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW: 1) sign San’s petition on Change.org tinyurl.com/ay7q6eb 2) Use the FULL site o.getglue.com 3) Pop your stickers on the FULL site so sticker revenue continues to be generated here 4) Check into & post in Topics, Books, Music and Games to support these categories 5) Refer to o.getglue.com as the FULL (not “old”) site 6) Read the GetGlue Topic page daily and vote on posts in support of the FULL site 7) Update your screen name, avatar and/or bio to reflect your views 7) Read and comment about the changes on the GetGlue Blog blog.getglue.com/ 8) Use the GetGlue blog to vote UP comments that support the FULL site and vote DOWN propagandist comments from GetGlue employees 9) Use Twitter, FB, G+ and other media to share your views and share the petition link tinyurl.com/ay7q6eb 10) Get help to restore your phone tinyurl.com/akwjwag tinyurl.com/ap89vz6 11) Go to the iTunes app store and do a real rating/review to counter propagandist hype – thanks @DanPawlak 12) Read the CEO’s Twitter convo 02/09/13: GetGlue: A New Hope. http://bit.ly/14JWMCi