Facebook Places, Foursquare and Gowalla: Save Time and Money

For some time, Android and iPhone mobile phone users have benefited from using location-based apps such as Facebook Places, Foursquare and Gowalla. For subscribers, it is a quick way for them to check-in to their friends locations and at the same time earn points and badges. The sites are no doubt evolving in user numbers, and to keep people interested, they may need to look at methods of easier communication, more choices, saving money and improved productivity.

Mark at PC World reported on similarities to the above location-based sites. Take Gowalla’s great facility to load, store and display photos. Users will benefit from visiting places and taking images with attached comments and a check-in service. For the user, this will give you a picture with visual and map locations if you decide to revisit.

Moving on to Foursquare. If you’re a person who has a pretty hectic job that requires you to be on the move constantly attending meetings or engaging with prospective clients then this might appeal to you. Foursquare will keep a log of all your stops assessing travel and mileage costs, and with the aid of the “Checkmate” app, Foursquare will instantly pick up when you have arrived at a certain address.

Businesses particularly for those of the smaller proportions, will also benefit from location-based services. Mobile advertising could be used to promote products, discounts and even events to customers nearby. More and more shops are now giving away money saving coupons and freebies on checking into their outlet. With the development of location-based apps, services seem to be concentrating on now saving us time and money as oppose to just checking in to friends locations.

Have you used any of these apps? Let us know. Log onto PC World for more information.

  • Jetté Momant

    So, I haven't jumped on the geolocation app bandwagon until recently. I thought of them as something that was more of a time waster rather than assisting with making me more efficient with my time. But articles such as yours have made me change my ways.

    I didn't think of Foursquare as a way to measure mileage. Smart!

    Jette' http://www.mutualmobile.com