Gowalla is a location-based social networking service that makes finding out where your friends have been and discovering new restaurants, bars, and other locations into a sort of game. The company has a popular iPhone app, and this week Gowalla introduced apps for Google Android and Palm WebOS devices — just in time for the SXSW Interactive geekstravaganza in Austin, Texas.

In a nutshell, Gowalla lets you share the places where you’ve been by “stamping” a “passport” to show the various real world locations you’ve visited including shops, museums, parks, and eateries. Your fr

At SXSW, Gowalla will be running a promotion where users can discover virtual items such as Palm Pre and Pixi phones on their mobile apps — and redeem those virtual goods for real devices at SXSW events.

But even if you have no intention of going anywhere near Austin next week, you can download the new Gowalla apps for free from the Android Market or Palm App Catalog. It’s also available for the iPhone from the App Store. If you’ve got a BlackBerry or other smartphone, you can always use the mobile version of the Gowalla web site.

Rival location-based social networking service Foursquare also offers iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, and Palm applications.

via Mashable

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