Castalia releases goocus, A smartphone-based, social Wikipedia reader to encourage casual and social learning

Share and accumulate "micro learning experiences" on social media.
Gain a new type of intellectual experience.

Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan: Castalia Co. Ltd. (Headquarters: Tokyo, Japan / Representative Director: Satoshi Yamawaki) is pleased to announce the release of "goocus," a smart Wikipedia reader that enables casual and social learning experiences with Wikipedia, for iPhone and Android devices. The application is available free of charge on AppStore and Google Play (formerly called Android Market).

goocus is a Wikipedia reader that accumulates the words searched and learnt on Wikipedia as pieces of "knowledge," and share them with other people. When you wish to find out about a certain keyword, you can refer to Wikipedia as well as the search history of other users whom you follow on goocus.

[Features of goocus]
1. View your friends' search history on home page.
Just like the news feed page of social networking services, your friends' Wikipedia search history is fed on the timeline of your home page, offering you a new type of intellectual experience you have never had. You can connect with users you are interested in by "following" them as their "follower," in the same way as other social media such as Twitter.

2. Accumulate your learning experiences with "Learnt" and "Fusen™" buttons.
"Learnt" is a function to mark your favorite article and share it with others, just like the "Like" button on Facebook. As for "Fusen™", which means "sticky note" in Japanese, the name speaks for itself; it is a function with which you can post layers of comments on a Wikipedia page. The comment on the "Fusen" is shared with other goocus users, and by following the user who has put an interesting "Fusen," you can gain more discoveries and learning experiences. Your keyword reference history is also accumulated so that you can review your learning later.

3. Geolocation-based information search
goocus corresponds with Wikipedia's location information tag. You can immediately refer to articles on Wikipedia related to your current location. Use it on business or personal trips to places you visit for the first time and it will serve as a concrete guidebook. If there are things you wish other goocus users and your Facebook friends to know, you can supplement the Wikipedia article by using "Fusen" and at the same time share it with them.

Castalia regards Wikipedia searches as daily and micro "learning experiences." goocus intends to turn a user's activity of "searching on Wikipedia" into a social learning experience.
Future upgrades include compatibility with Facebook's OpenGraph as well as sharing with Twitter. In addition, Castalia is also developing a one-of-a-kind ePortpolio named "folia," which, by utilizing the knowledge graph of the user's learning history, makes suggestions of what to learn next.



■goocus: configuration
Version: 1.0
Size: 5.6MB (iPhone version) / 462kB (Android version)
[iPhone version]
iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (4th generation), iPad 2 Wi-Fi, iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G, iPad (3rd generation), iPad Wi-Fi + 4G
iOS 4.0 and higher
iPad compatible only when in X2 mode
[Android version] Android 2.3 and higher
Price: Free of charge


Google Play

goocus website


■About Castalia Co. Ltd.
Castalia Co. Ltd. (Headquarters: Tokyo, Japan / Representative Director: Satoshi Yamawaki) produces educational digital content solutions and operates web media for learning, under the concept of "Mobile & Social". Castalia offers a new and educational communication channel between content-providing corporations/educational institutes and individuals, contributing in further enhancing their significance.

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