Gowalla: 500,000 Photos

Austin-based location-based social networking site Gowalla reports today that it's just about reached 500,000 photos uploaded to the site. The firm, which allows users to "check-in" to different physical locations, said the photo upload feature is one of the most-used features on the site. Gowalla said it will be awarding prize packages for the 500,000 photo on the site, as well as giving away awards to some of the users who have already been uploading photos to the site. Gowalla competes against such services as Foursquare and Whrrl in the check-in and location social-networking area.