My choose Brightkite
What I posted on your Blog:
I love the Gowalla. The design is awesome and I love picking up an item and finding seeing who has had it before me and where it has been.
I think BrightKite would get a larger part of the vote if some of the old features were to return to the new version. I know I miS the friend search feature for finding people I already know (the browse function is a meak replacement). It's not as interesting to share your location if you can't find people you know to share it with.
I think Loopt has some interesting features, but they need to open it up for than just their limitied list of carriers.
Lattitude has potential, but doesn't have a way to check in to specific locations.
Foursquare seems to be gaining ground. All of these sites will be better once more people turn to one more than another.
One thing I think most of the location-based services need is a way to check out of a place, so you can check out when you leave.
I wish we could do a ranked list too. I like the design elements of Gowalla but the user base of Foursquare is larger (and now that "Cities" have been removed and no address required, it is better too!).
I work for an application based in Paris called Tellmewhere.
We are currently working on some of the socialization aspects in our app (for the next release). Keep a lookout, I'd love to hear your feedback.
What about Dooplr, TripIt, Yelp, Urbanspoon? These are all fantastic niche location based social networks related to travel and reviews.
Tri-Out is great, but….I’d love for it to stay local to the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill area…and only allow people to check in when they are within a certain range of the area. Let the other location based netwaorks go nationwide, but keep Tri-Out triangle only.
I too was a long time Brightkite addict, until they changed to version 2.0, had lots of problems and then the android application stopped working.
I'm slightly puzzled about foursquare though. Is it not just a game? Where is the interaction element of it?
I dont see a way to post comments on peoples notes?
How do you post a general note? And I see no way to upload photos?
I have a feeling Gowala is similar?
For a long time I was very loyal to Brightkite... until I discovered Foursquare. Brightkite was fun and I met a lot of people while it was still in Beta, but after a while I lost motivation to continue checking in. Then Foursquare came around and it seemed to just make more sense.
Wayne, love the poll as it lists several services I've never heard of but some of the brand names are rocking! Makes me want to check out their sites just to see the logos! Good job researching all the options. I did not know Google had a location based service but surprised they don't have something that ties into Google Maps on iPhones and other smartphones.
I am more familiar with Loopt and really like it when you are caravaning with friends on a long road trip. Then they changed it an I am not as familiar with how to use it. More friends are on Four Square right now.
So hard to choose a favorite, they each has nuances that make them individually appealing, alas I did cast a single vote.