Check-In Fever

Location-based apps are pretty new to the social media scene and they are becoming popular, fast. Personally, I love location-based apps and see great potential with them in the future. Below are my top three favorite location-based apps.

My absolute favorite location-based app is Foursquare! It is the first location-based app I ever used, and the first one I tell people about. There are so many great features that come with Foursquare and the mobile app seems to always stay updated. I honestly feel like Foursquare offers business owners a chance to see what is being said about their business by their customers. What other customers have to say about a business on Foursquare may influence other Foursquare users to visit that particular business. This is why I love the tips feature. I try to always leave tips at restaurants because they are really helpful to me. I have even ordered food based off of tips I have read by other Foursquare users! Not to mention, when I go to theme parks reading tips at rides makes the wait time for the ride (like the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride at Universal) a lot more fun.

While I am still relatively new to Gowalla, I still think it is awesome. It has a great social aspect to it and I love that you receive things when you check-in somewhere. For instance, when I checked in at the Orlando Airport I picked up a bag of airplane peanuts. What is the importance of these items? I am still unsure, but I hope to find out one day. If you do know, please enlighten me! Another thing I love is when you fly out of an airport and into another it shows how far you traveled and that you arrived, just make sure you check-in! Here’s what it looks like:

I do not know about you, but I love that is shows how far you traveled! Another thing I really like about Gowalla is the trips feature. While I have yet to participate in a trip, I definitely plan to in the future.

Last, but not least, is SCVNGR. Just like Gowalla, SCVNGR is somewhat new to me even though I have had an account for a while. Here is what SCVNGR is according to the website, “SCVNGR is a game. Playing is simple: Go places. Do challenges. Earn points and unlock rewards! (Think free coffee!) Individuals and enterprises build on SCVNGR by adding challenges and rewards to their favorite places.” All of this sounds awesome to me, but I feel like you really need to be in a location where businesses really grasp on to social media. Asheville, for instance, is a great location for this app and I will definitely be using it next time I visit.

What are your favorite location-based apps? Why?

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8 thoughts on “Check-In Fever

  1. Sandra Eblevi says:

    Having this many location based apps actually makes me confuse where to check in… That’s why I stick to foursquare for now, but you may be able to change it for me! 😉 How many times can you check in to one place with different applications? How do you manage that? Do you check in to all three, or do you segment the check ins according to the rewards you would get from them?
    Oh and there’s also Facebook places…

  2. Ashley F. says:

    Thanks Sandra! I stuck to just Foursquare for the longest time, but I wanted to see what all of the hype was for Gowalla and SCVNGR. You can check in to one place as many times as you would like! I only check in when I leave a place and I do not always do all three. I usually stick to Foursquare, but if I go somewhere new I check in with Gowalla and SCVNGR as well.

    Personally, I do not like Facebook Places. I think it has potential, but right now I am not a fan. I use it from time-to-time, but not like I use Foursquare. Honestly, I have yet to see a huge point in using it or why it benefits me or the business I am checking in to.

  3. Sandra Eblevi says:

    I check in when i’m leaving as well… Or when i’m waiting for my friend to come back from the restroom 😛 I use Facebook Places when i know that there’s a special. For example i get 10% off when I check in to Frazzleberry’s (that is the new hip frozen yoghurt place in Amarillo), or Starbucks used to do some kind of charity when you checked-in on Facebook Places (i don’t know if they’re still doing it), but other than that i use Foursquare as well…

    Well, i might at least try Gowalla and SCVNGR next time 🙂

  4. Ashley F. says:

    I had no idea that Facebook Places offered deals when you check in! Something I should have known I guess, and will be looking into. You should definitely check Gowalla and SCVNGR out! I don’t think these are to location-based apps that are for everyone, but see what they are about before you decide! 🙂

  5. A. Karno says:

    So far, I’m gonna go with Gowalla. As an entrepreneur who want to pimp my brand at air ports , I can see a massive upside to gettig a custom Button with my groovy, ad somewhat salacious logo….ready for prime time, cuz naughty
    Is in the eye of the beholder. But I digress. My product is sold in various retail
    Out lets and when I check on accts. I’d rather gowallit than tweet. It seems like a natural extension of Yelp which I LOVE too. All these social app are. Going to
    Merge at some point. I want to be there when it’s a small world after all ( joined together by their mutual adoration of Java Juice ). P.S. Cool blog Ashley! I can’t wait to explore scvng.

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