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Everyplay reveals Kamu World social gaming on Facebook

Posted by Janne Saarikko on August 12, 2009

Everyplay, a Finnish social gaming startup, revealed today a new Facebook social game called Kamu World.

I tried it right away and it feels really addictive.

Getting started is really easy. Kamu World is a FB application, so you really have almost nothing to do. Just go to www.kamuworld.com or do a search on FB with keyword “kamu world”.

Once you get in, you are being asked couple of simple questions and you are ready to go. You can choose a name and skin for your “buddy”.

In the actual game you hang in one of the rooms that are located around the world. There you can chat, do different tricks or emoticons, get new friends, and give other buddies “thums up”.

Soon you will find that others have skins and emoticons that you don’t. That’s because they are on a higher level than you. You can gain levels by gathering “sparks” or points you get from being active member in the crowd.

What’s great about this is that the game is linked to your Facebook profile, so you can allow people to see who you really are.

For future reference, this combination of ease of use, distributed credentials, Facebook integration and clever use of avatars will open totally new worlds.

Just wait and see!

More stories on Kamu World

Arctic Startup

TechCrunch UK

Everyplay is a developer and publisher of social games. Social games are fun, casual games played together with your friends on social network such as Facebook and MySpace.

Everyplay was founded in year 2008 by veterans of game development and social media. The founding team consists of:

Jussi Laakkonen, CEO & founder

Jussi is a seasoned game industry executive and entrepreneur. Prior to founding Everyplay he was in charge of business development for racing game developer Bugbear Entertainment. Jussi has together with Pekka Aakko led ASSEMBLY, one of the world’s largest computer festivals since year 1992. Jussi has previously worked at steering group level at data security company F-Secure and co-founded Eworks, a multimedia startup in the 1990s.

Pekka Aakko, business development director & co-founder

Pekka is a veteran IT industry executive with key expertise in partnerships, sales and R&D. He most recently worked as a director at Logica. Together with Jussi Laakkonen Pekka has led ASSEMBLY’s growth to a national institution that attracts over 8000 festival visitors in two annual events. Pekka was also founder of Internet Finland, one of the first private held ISPs in Finland. Pekka also founded with Jussi Laakkonen Eworks Finland. He also was an early pioneer in online games as the chairman of BATmud, one of the earliest and most successful still running MMOs in the world.

Jalmari Raippalinna, CTO & co-founder

Jalmari is a pioneer in high end Flash game and rich media development. As a senior developer at Apaja Online Entertainment, he led the creation of the Playforia virtual world. Prior to Apaja, he worked at Sulake, the makers of Habbo Hotel. Jalmari’s cutting edge Flash skills have been demonstrated in award winning Flash demos created in the Evoflash group.

Matti Savolainen, Server lead & co-founder

Matti is a senior developer of highly scaleable, rich media systems. He was instrumental to developing the backend systems Finland’s largest social network IRC-Galleria used to scale to 500 000 users and over 4 billion page loads a month. He has also been a programmer in a various indie game projects.

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Wrongdoings of Social Media Marketing – Competitions

Posted by Janne Saarikko on August 10, 2009

My Facebook account has lately been bombed with several invitations by consumer brands.  I’ve been promised free food or trip to the factory. If I win the lottery, that is.

You know what? That’s so web1.0.

There are million competitions you could enter. And some people do participate. But they don’t care about your brand.  They just try their luck.

And what does your brand get? Contacts for DM? Maybe. Good tools for irritating the consumers. And for arranging more competitions.

In Facebook and other social media networks your brand MUST ENGAGE with the consumer. Competition can be engaging, but you need to do it right. Make consumers CONTRIBUTE, make them SHARE and RECOMMEND. Give them CONTENT they are interested in.

Please don’t think consumers are stupid. Giving out 10kilos of porridge every day will kick back. Instead, make them design and share best porridge recipies and vote the best consumer product. And for the winners, make the winning porridge a part of your product line and invite winning voters to experience the making of porridge with a porridge celeb. Vid and share the whole process.

I hate it how marketing people are buying these old school marketing process “innovations”. They are so waste of money.

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Finnish game industry celebration

Posted by Janne Saarikko on July 28, 2009

It’s been a bit slow on the communications front lately. Not to worry, we’ve just been out enjoying the summer and starting new things.

June 12th was the day when the Finnish game industry companies located in K30 (Kalevankatu 30) complex had their summer party. K30 summer party had Mahtava Development, Mr. Goodliving, Recoil Games, Housemarque and Sauma as organizers.

It was a great party with all the hot names in gaming present. A big thanks to the organizers!

I used the opportunity to talk to some interesting people. Here are the three videos:

Teppo Kotirinta of NordKapp. Teppo talks about the company, co-op with IDEO and his views on the future.

 

Petri Talala of Lapland Studios. He talks about Nightwish music video, Nintendo Wii game and game development for unannounced Samsung device!

 

Introducing the traditional Finngaming drink, GC. This was consumed in large volumes during the party.

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Sweden Social Web Camp is going forward

Posted by Janne Saarikko on May 18, 2009

I wrote earlier about this great idea in Sweden. Arranging a camp outside of the city, packed with social media people.

It seems that the whole event is going forward. If you are interested in attending, please read more about the event SSWC or Webstock as some call it.

Should there be people going from Finland, please comment to this post. We could arrange transportation together to make it more fun.

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Nokia Piloting Shopping Mall Mobile Applications

Posted by Janne Saarikko on April 21, 2009

I was walking back from a customer meeting through Kamppi mall in Helsinki, when I noticed a stand with Nokia Research Center logo.

I started streaming with my E71 and walked in for this interview

The interview is in Finnish only, and here’s a short description of key points.

Nokia Research Center is piloting mobile shopping catalogue with WLAN-based location services. The application gives you details onshops and special promotions. Eventually you will be able to login with your Facebook credentials and share your location with your friends within the mall.

Since GPS are not functional inside, the mall is using a network of WLAN access points to figure out where you and your people are.

Very interesting indeed.

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Twitbear launched – Twitter with comments thread!

Posted by Janne Saarikko on February 23, 2009

It’s here! Mark this date – February 23rd, 2009.

This is the day when a new Finnish service called Twitbear went to closed beta.

Twitbear

Twitbear is a project of three social media entrepreneurs – @anttiakonniemi @kaimaan, @heleneauramo – that’s what they are called in Twitter.

Twitbear looks and feels just like Twitter, but it allows users to do something that serious tweeters have been missing for a long time – comment on threads. This feature will bring on the active discussion known from services such as Jaiku, which unfortunately has been faded by Google.

The first hours of Twitbear has been booming. Really looking forward to see how fast this will fly.

Should interview them? Sure, why not. I’ll grab my vidset and find them.

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Finnair goes Corporate blogging

Posted by Janne Saarikko on February 17, 2009

The traditional Finnish airline Finnair announced that they are now officially doing corporate blogging.

The blogs are being written in English by some key executives. They categories cover enviroment, production and service.

Finnair is known to use blogs quite aggressively. Finnair CEO Jukka Hienonen made some special moves by blogging publicly and aggressively about the disagreement between the company and pilots’ union couple of weeks back.

Interesting to see how the downturn of economy is forcing the corporates down to the public. And that is good, since that’s the only way to survive.

Finnair blogs are located in http://blogs.finnair.com/

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Following the news from Mobile World Congress

Posted by Janne Saarikko on February 16, 2009

It officially started today. The most important mobile expo in the world.

If you are not present (I’m not), you still want to be one of the first to hear what’s going on. I’ve listed some online channels that are busy during this week. If you know any other good ones, let me know in the comments and I’ll add them to the list.

Twitter channels

#mwc

#mwc09

#nokia

Jaiku channels

#MWC09

Flickr (pictures)

MWC09

MWC

Websites

Official Mobile World Congress 2009 website

Nokia event page

Mobile Monday Peer Awards

Peer Awards Page

Fring wins Mobile Monday Community Peer Award

Nokia N86 8MP videos

Greeen mobile announcements

HTC Magic (with hands-on video)

Nokia N97 (hands-on video included!) (via Intomobile)

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Testing embedded Floobs channels

Posted by Janne Saarikko on November 27, 2008

 

So this is only a test. If you don’t enjoy Finnish hip-hop, just ignore this…;-)

More testin

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What on earth is Tubethlon?

Posted by Janne Saarikko on October 23, 2008

Right. I had a very lively lunch today with some really cool people I’ve learned to know through Jaiku. During the lunch we were talking the silly stuff, just to entertain ourselves.

Started talking about crazy and SO NOT event that we should organize. And to continue the story I said “yeah, let’s call it Tubethlon Helsinki or something”.

The discussion continued in Jaiku, and after Googling I realized that word “Tubethlon” does not exist anywhere! Stupid me, went straight ahead and reserved the .com domain for it.

Now, out of stupidity, I have possession of www.tubethlon.com but no idea what to do with it.

What is Tubethlon? What should I do with the domain? Or we actually, there was a group of three that came up with the idea.

Confused…

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