So you are way ahead in the numbers of check-in to locations you pass by (you needn’t really enter) & fighting for mayor-ships with your new found foursquare friends? then you have been webbed in the Location Based Services craze.
Yup i have used both Gowalla & Foursquare along with Hootesuite, Waze, Instagram, Picplz, etc which allow foursquare integration so that me doesn’t miss out on the points & badges to gain!
Many times though Gowalla is more forgiving that Foursquare & allows me to check in with a larger radius (5 km). The cell towers/wi-fi zones don’t provide accurate information & using the GPS just drains off most of my battery.
Right now i don’t see much value add other than catching up with my friend’s location…which can get annoying if you receive too many pings from them 😛 & of course, the food updates & what they upto @ that location which really makes me wonder why i added them in the first place!
It was quite amusing when one “friend” did steal the mayor-ship of the area i lived in & quite happily tweeted about it (it is an automatic setting though). I did get it back when i logged in from the web & realized that the pin of the accurate location was moved!
Anyone can add a location in the middle of nowhere & anyone can edit it from moving the location & another user can just delete it. Though foursquare has changed certain rules now & editing powers is given to users who created a location.
There are also several 3rd party applications of foursquare which allow auto check-in so you don’t forget to check-in to your usual haunts. The most amusing one is the one which protects your mayor-ships 🙂
Assumptions: The friends new to the city might find useful data your provide about a place helpful along with the map so they don’t have to hound your personal partying life to take them out 🙂
Android frenzy 🙂
Layar Reality Browser
Layar is a free application on your mobile phone which shows what is around you by displaying real time digital information on top of reality through the camera of your mobile phone.
Layar is a global application, available for the T-Mobile G1, HTC Magic and other Android phones in all Android Markets. It also comes pre-installed on the Samsung Galaxy in the Netherlands.
How do you use Layar?
By holding the phone in front of you like a camera, information is displayed on top of the camera display view.
For all points of interest which are displayed on the screen, information is shown at the bottom of the screen.
What do you see in the screen?
On top of the camera image (displaying reality) Layar adds content layers. Layers are the equivalent of webpages in normal browsers. Just like there are thousands of websites there will be thousands of layers. One can easily switch between layers by selecting another via the menu button, pressing the logobar or by swiping your finger across the screen.
Added features of Layar Reality Browser 2.0:
Layar has some cool features which include:
Unique layer specific icons/markers
Featured and Popular section
Add layer to favorites
Map view and list view
Enhanced AR view
“Take me There” function
Who is the team behind Layar?
Layar is run by Raimo van der Klein, Claire Boonstra & Maarten Lens-FitzGerald.
Update: check out this post: Layar: See Beyond Your Surroundings
Hola! From android. I love my phone. 🙂