March 4, 2010

30 Days of No Foursquare

I decided for the month of March to not use Foursquare and only use Whrrl. Partly it is because I've attained most of the badges I can get in New Orleans and partly it is because I like this little underdog app. It is only Day 4 and I must admit that the urge to check-in to Foursquare this morning has been strong. I wanted to maintain my mayorships and status on the weekly leaderboard.

Whrrl was always an interesting location-based application. It is centered around creating a story and then supplementing that story using your location(or multiple locations) with photos and notes. If you have friends with you, you can add them to the story whether they are Whrrl users or not. If they are not a Whrrl user they can be added via Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, or SMS message. You can then publish your story to the web and notify your friends via Whrrl, Twitter, and Facebook. You friends can then click on the link and view it in the Whrrl application, via the web interface, or on a mobile browser. (I have only tested the mobile site via my iPhone but imagine you could view it from a smartphone with a decent browser)
In an effort to compete with services like Foursquare and Gowalla, Whrrl has added "Societies". You become a member of different societies by frequenting locations. If you visit a location 3 times (I think) you become a regular and then join a society based on that location. There also appear to be some pre-made societies. Here are a few:
  • Weekend Brunch Society
  • Supersized
  • What the Pho
  • Pie in the Sky
  • Mamma Mia
  • Wasabi
  • Bar Fly
  • Supermarket Sweep
  • Gym Rat
This is an interesting spin and many people can be members and it most closely resembles Foursquare's "Badges". I have found adding new location to be very easy and the GPS on my iPhone will give an approximate location if I don't know the exact address. If you haven't used Whrrl I would urge you to give it a try.

1 comment:

  1. Nice blog. I am using Whrrl myself and loving it. I love the stories and the interface. I especially love how your friends can participate in the stories with pics and notes.

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