I love the entire concept of GeoSocial apps. I really do. For me the fascination begins with the truly amazing connections you can solidify with your friends & the world. They have this intangible quality to increase the importance to the location itself. Also, let’s not forget about the implications for the future of Social Media and mobile marketing industries. But for all the really great things about GeoSocial checkins, there are a few of things I’ve got to get out of my system.
The first thing I can’t stand is: Playing favorites with my location based apps. Between Foursquare, Gowalla, Brightkite, Latitude, etc. there’s a veritable forest of apps & services to choose from out there. Call me crazy, but I want to be the mayor, build up my points, and connect with all my friends in all my networks in one shot. I hate checking in more than once to a place using separate networks. Secondly, It takes way too long and kills your battery power from all the notifications that your phone sends and receives to stay connected to all these different networks. The last and worst aspect is that it takes away from the experience of being outdoors or with friends, the show, that song, that building, that moment of realizing you’re in love, etc. It insulates you as if you are still in front of the computer at home.
SHOCKER ALERT: It makes you look anti-social. GASP! The irony…
Think about it, if your spending a good 5-10 minutes trying to get that damn WiFi signal to work, so that you can checkin to that really awesome bar/restaurant/art gallery/dentist office/bar-mitzvah, that you forget you have someone talking to you or worse you’re on a date! I honestly try hard NOT to be THAT guy. (Am I successful at it? If you ask my fiancé, I’m sure she would have some choice words to say on the subject.)
But all kidding aside, location based apps rock and we all love to use them, but I don’t want to play favorites and I don’t want to be THAT hipster douche-bag guy, pretentiously holding his hand-made wooden covered iPhone, completely absorbed and isolated from reality. I want to engage the moment, not a machine. Microcosmic dilemmas call for uber-solutions. Enter: FootFeed.
FootFeed is a location based app that allows you to checkin to a whole bunch of GeoSocial networks at once! When you checkin, you still get credit as if you checked-in by logging in to each network individually. Currently, you can add 6 networks, plus FootFeed, equals 7 networks in 1! It has API integration with Twitter & Facebook. It’s pretty much the ultimate GeoSocial checkin app. It’s not quite perfect, just yet! As some networks do not have certain locations on file and you have add them to your checkin. If they had integration w/ SCVNGR, Loopt, and many other minor networks, this could really be a great tool for any Social Media Consultant.
But overall, BRAVO to the fellas over at FootFeed! No more wasted battery life. No more 5-10 minute checkins to 7 networks or having to make the decision of which one to choose. Most importantly, no more douche-bag behavior! My fiancé will love that one the most.
Download it for free for your iPhone, here.
(Question: Because of my new found affinity, does this mean I’m now a FootFeed Fiend?)
Tags: api, brightkite, checkins, foursquare, geosocial, google latitude, gowalla, iphone, iPhone app, latitude, loopt, SCVNGR, Social Media, social media consulting
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