Just so everyone knows, Niantic wasn't able to lock out 3rd party tools for Ingress, and there are a few very helpful ones out there right now, and have been for quite some time. I highly doubt they'll be able to kill 3rd party stuff for PoGo for very long.
I just caught a Gastly! Apparently there was a Rattata standing on it's face or something, I had to deal with that little jerk first. I was beginning to think ghost-types were actually a myth. I was within 0.3 k away from a small graveyard that happens to be a nexus of multiple Stops and two Gyms. I may have to reevaluate what I originally thought about local political geography not affecting the game on that finely granular scale. One single ghost/poision-mon isn't enough to confirm that though.
Confession: I started carrying around a spare Magikarp. I'm totally going to 'karp a gym. And back it up with a Gyarados surprise! I know, it's a bit trollish, but there's so much flavor there. And I think if I do the work for evolving a Gyarados, I'd deserve a little silliness.
@penguin_lx Eh. The 2k ones are still good for XP and candy, I guess. I've been saving the little ones for the starting incubator, kind of a hatching factory, and only using the 3-use ones (that I got for leveling up or got lucky at a Stop) for 10k, or even 5k if that's all I got.
I'm feeling pretty good that although I've been tempted to spend real money, especially for an incubator or seven, I've been able to resist. Next time I have income that is truly disposable, I may make some purchases, just to show my appreciation.
I never got to give Niantic dollars for Ingress. They had a unique business model that generated profit from very clever and subtle advertising, cross-promotion, and selling anonymous crowd flow data to institutions (a-hremm... Google... cough cough you didn't hear it from me!) interested in logistics, the traveling salesman problem, and the very difficult-to-do task of foot-path mapping, instead of in-app purchases.
They have got to be reaping all kinds of valuable anonymous infrastructure data right now, although the nature of PoGo maybe displays more of the Brownian motion of people just wandering about than the guided missiles Ingress turned its players into. There's got to be a lot of marrow in the bones of their data collection, though.
Oh, shit. I actually just drooled, thinking about logistical and infrastructural raw data, and associating it with my inner carnivore. I drooled. It landed on my cat, who is on my lap. She didn't care, and she keeps on sneezing on me anyway, so... revenge?