Garmin Strikes Back and Misses

TweetOkay so the gloves are off. Groundspeak had much fan fair about the launch of recent updates to the geocaching.com website. On the same day as the update Garmin announces that opencaching.com has an official peer review process.  The timing cannot be coincidental. This is a major victory for Groundspeak.  Supporters of geocaching.com have insisted […]

Curation vs Reviewing

TweetAs most people know, one of the fundamental aspects of geocaching.com is that every cache gets reviewed prior to being listed publicly.  This policy is in effect to protect the integrity of cache listings.  In that sense maybe the volunteers should be called curators instead of reviewers. There are about 200 volunteer reviewers that act on behalf of Groundspeak […]

Groundspeak Acquires My Geocaching Profile

TweetThe official Groundspeak announcement has not been made but it has been confirmed to me by multiple sources that geocaching.com will soon have a stats tab. Groundspeak has acquired mygeocachingprofile.com.  The founder of the site, Cameron Kleinert said this when asked about the transition, ” The most rewarding part of this project is that having […]

Geocache Placement Experiment

TweetI became aware in early November that Garmin was going to launch opencaching.com.  AS I was researching that site I explored a few other geocache listing sites.  I decided to try listing a cache on the other sites and see what would happen.  Would those caches get found? The short answer is they have all […]

It IS About the Numbers

TweetMany posts I’ve read online question Garmin’s motive for launching opencaching.com.  A recurring theme is “why do we need another listing site”.   From what I can tell this isn’t so much about what a cacher may need, it’s about about what Garmin needs.    As $4 billion dollar company Garmin needs to protect it’s market […]