<firstimage=”//static.makeuseof.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/FlickSquare-Logo-300.png”>It looks like there’s some developers out there who are starting to put two and two together. In this case, that’s Foursquare and Flickr. Users are starting to get a little check-in weary, sick of using one app for this update and another app for another sort of update. One recently complained about this particular combination, tweeting “can someone hack a Foursquare app that cc’s my checkin photos to Flickr?” which prompted the development of Flicksquare. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the developer got snowed in that day either.
It’s a great move for users, hopefully inspiring many other one-checkin-does-all application bridges. Foursquare has mentioned that things like this Flickr photo cross-poster might be in the works, but we can get the benefit of the idea now thanks to Flicksquare developer. And luckily for us, Flicksquare is really simple to set up too!
As per most web apps these days, using Flicksquare is simple as can be. Head over to the Flicksquare page and you’ll see exactly what I mean.
Sign-up with FlickSquare involves:
- Logging into your Foursquare account.
- Adding FlickSquare as a friend.
- Authenticating your Flickr account.
… and that’s it! Easy.
There’s no extra log in to remember and no giving your passwords to another new web developer. It’s all done with authentication through FourSquare and Flickr and made as simple as possible.
Once you’re all signed up, FlickSquare shows whether you are actively sending photos or not. If you want to disable FlickSquare, you can turn it off at FlickSquare, de-authenticate via FlickSquare, Foursquare or Twitter or just remove FlickSquare as a friend on Foursquare.
Once you’re set up with FlickSquare, any photos you add to a new Foursquare check-in will automatically go to Flickr. Adding photos to check-ins prior to your FlickSquare signup doesn’t count – I tried. This will only work for your future check-ins.
It works very quickly: You’ll be able to see the update in FlickSquare and Flickr in no time.
In Flickr, you will get a brief description added saying where you were and linking back to your Foursquare check-in. The photo is automatically geo-tagged to show location data and you also get FourSquare’s machine tags (latitude, longitude and venue number) – It’s a pity it doesn’t tag your photo with the town, country and venue name though! Beware that all photos sent this way will be public in Flickr automatically. You might not imagine anyone would be worried about FourSquare photos being public elsewhere, but when public photos are geo-tagged you need to be sure of your safety.
Future of FlickSquare
While there’s no other alternative, FlickSquare will be mighty, but as soon as FourSquare implements their Flickr integration, most people will have no use for FlickSquare. That is, unless Foursquare do a messy job of it and FlickSquare is known to be the better way to send to Flickr. So, if FlickSquare can listen to users and add features and options quicker and better than Foursquare, they might stay in the game. In the meantime, we still don’t know how long we need to wait for the Foursquare-Flick in-house compatibility – FlickSquare could have a while to get well aquainted.
Here’s some extra reading for all you fans of Foursquare and Flickr:
- Check In & Become Mayor Of Your Favorite Venues With Foursquare
- 5 Best Location-Based Alternatives to Foursquare
- What Is Geocaching And How To Have Fun With It
- The App Garden: Great Flickr Tools Collection
If you love mashups of web apps (especially Flickr and Foursquare related stuff) let us know your favourites in the comments!