Previously I used Brightkite, which I like the concept very much.
- It has mobile web interface for those without popular smartphones.
- Can see who else is checked in to area around the spot. In case of area with lots of venues (such as shopping mall) this is helpful to see who’s around.
- Notes and pictures can be posted many times in the spot instead of only when checking in.
But then, the downside and why I finally stopped using it.
- The mobile web doesn’t have GPS function. Adding spot resulted in constant errors.
- Latest update is crippling the mobile site instead of updating.
- Become focused to Group talk, can’t just leave notes to place.
- Decided to focus on the more high-profile native apps route.
Then I moved to Gowalla.
- Has mobile website with GPS capability and more reliable in adding new spots.
- More high profile, probably on par with Foursquare, so might have more support.
Why I started to think about stopping.
- The mobile site showed only limited number of spots, so duplicates are common because if it doesn’t show, the logical thing is create it right?
- Decided to focus on native apps and mobile website user through device they deemed not worthy of it could just go to hell.
- The newest update doesn’t got implemented in the mobile website. In addition, it made the website unusable to check in. But then, those not using iPhone and Android (oh, and Blackberry + WebOS) could just go to hell.
Really, I don’t want to join that “Major” crazy Foursquare. I guess I’ll have to just wait until Facebook’s Places is implemented in Indonesia. At least that company seems to care more of their cross-platform mobile website version than these two.