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Gowalla vs Foursquare as tools for travel

Posted by on July 12, 2010

Gowalla vs Foursquare TravelGowalla and Foursquare have been at the forefront of the location based social networking, or the two major players in the “check-in” wars. I’m a big social media guy, so I wanted to see how these two platforms match up for people who are traveling. I should make it very explicit that this review is from the perspective of someone who is traveling and is not at home where most of their friends and normal hangouts are.

Overview

Over the last few months, I have been using and abusing Gowalla and Foursquare. I’ve tested them in Spain, New York, Chicago and Appleton, Wisconsin, which give me a good overview of their use overseas, in large cities and in small towns. I have been using both services on the iPhone 3GS and the iPad. I do not have an Android or Blackberry device to test them on. I abused the systems as much as I could trying to find out how far away and how often I could check in. (more…)