<firstimage=”//static.makeuseof.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/0-4sq-apps.png”>With the recent spike in smartphone usage and the emergence of the tablet PC, geolocation apps are starting to pick up steam rather quickly. I’ve personally seen stories in the news of companies teaming up with services like SCVNGR and Foursquare for some pretty cool campaigns, and I think we’re going to be seeing a lot more of that this year.
I originally wrote about Foursquare – and its alternatives – back in July. Have you been utilizing these geolocation apps since then? If you have, good for you. If not, no worries, you still have time to get into them. As I’m about to show you, in fact, there are a lot of cool Foursquare applications out there (like Flicksquare) that complement the service really well, thus making it more useful.
Foursquare recently held a Hack Day in New York, where developers from around the country gathered to write apps on top of the company’s API. I’ll talk about a few of those in this article, as well as some of the other creative apps I’ve seen.
The first Foursquare application I would like to talk about, because it’s really cool, is Foursquare & 7 Years Ago. If you’ve been using Foursquare for a long time, this could be a very interesting app for you. All you do is sign in with your Foursquare account and Foursquare & 7 Years Ago will start sending you daily reminders of places you’ve checked into in the past. If you’d like to see where you were a year ago today, it can get you that information.
If you’d like to use your Foursquare information to connect with like-minded people on Twitter, you can do that with Agora. No one seems to be sure exactly how it makes its selections, but Agora will introduce you to people you have common interests with in real-time using your Twitter graph. It’ll also send you a tweet when it finds you’ve checked in somewhere with someone who is interesting.
If you would like to be able to visualize your data from Foursquare in the form of an infographic, check out FourGraph. In just one click, you can grant the app access to your account and it will automatically pull all of your data onto a page where you can visualize it in different ways. Maps, pie charts, and statistics will all be displayed for you.
4. Foursquare Lists
I can honestly say I’m a pretty big fan of lists, and Foursquare Lists lets you create a curated list of venues around any topic (e.g. bars). You can use this app to create fun lists of things to do in the cities you frequent and can be shared with your friends. To create one, you just enter the name of the list and add venues by their venue number.
Where Do You Go is an interesting app, especially if you check into a lot of different places. Essentially what it does is let you visually see the places you usually hang out at, giving you a visual representation in the form of a heat map.
When you use Where Do You Go, you’ll be asked to sign into your Google account first. This is because the app utilizes Google Maps, so it may not even ask you to complete this step if you’re already signed into your Google account. Anyway, then you can log in with your Foursquare credentials to grant the app access to your data.
Once you create your map, you can tweak the settings to get it to look how you want, then you can take a snapshot of it and share with others.
If you like Where Do You Go, Badge Assistant is a similar app you should investigate. It shows you where all of your friends have earned their badges using Google Maps as well.
What are your favorite Foursquare applications?