Findery Now A Public Beta: Anyone Can Add Notes Around The World

findery-logo-icon Findery announced they are now open to the public, still as a beta, but open for anyone to sign up with and use. Findery originally launched as Pinwheel but had to change their name to Findery over a trademark infringement issue. Findery allows users to leave public or private geotagged notes that are associated with real-world places and can be discovered by others. Now anyone can go to and sign up and use the service. Findery also promises more features including: Maps for Notes that you can embed on other sites and video embedding within Findery. Save the pl [...]

Pinwheel Has A New Name: Findery

findery-logo-icon With a U.S. court telling Pinwheel that it couldn't use that name anymore, the location-based startup has chosen a new name: Findery. It also has a new lantern icon (shown at right) on its renamed Twitter feed and its new Facebook page, and a new blog where founder Caterina Fake's first post explains that nothing but the name has changed. A New York court recently agreed with Pinweel, a mobile photo-sharing site, that Pinwheel (with the "h") was infringing on its trademark. Yesterday, Pinwheel temporarily redirected its site to, the name of its parent company. Today, Finde [...]

Caterina Fake Startup Pinwheel Forced To Change Name After Lawsuit

Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake's new location-based startup Pinwheel, which is still in private beta, is probably going to be forced to change its name. TechCrunch reported yesterday that a court in New York granted the similarly sounding Pinweel, a mobile photo-sharing site, a preliminary injunction. The central claim was trademark infringement. The main idea here is that the lesser-known but pre-existing Pinweel will be irreparably damaged by the potential consumer confusion over the two similar-sounding companies. The case is still in process but granting a preliminary injunction is a q [...]

Pinwheel: Flickr Co-Founder’s New Startup Is Part Flickr, Foursquare & Path

pinwheel-featured Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake's new startup Pinwheel is very interesting -- but it's not an original idea. In fact it's an idea that has been unsuccessfully tried by at least two startups in the past (Socialight and Flook). The central concept is that you can leave public or private geotagged notes that are associated with real-world places and can be discovered by others. Fake explains in her blog post: On Pinwheel you can find and leave notes all around the world. The notes can be public or private, shared with an individual, a group or everyone. They can be organized into sets, such a [...]

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