Foursquare: Not Just Star Ratings
Instead of other sites where every place gets 3.5 stars, we come up with our scores using the same Foursquare magic that powers Explore. We look at signals like tips, likes, dislikes, popularity, loyalty, local expertise, and nearly 3 billion check-ins from over 25 million people worldwide. And, with every check-in and Explore search, our scores will get smarter and better.
Maybe Yelp should look into this. When I see a McDonald’s with a 3 star rating I wonder “in terms of what?” Not to be snobby or foodista about it but really? It’s middle of the road? It makes all the ratings suspect as I never see 1 or 2 stars in aggregate.
Glad to see someone trying, will check out Foursquare again (I never saw any value in it but I’m willing to learn, adapt, and change my mind).
Stowe Boyd: Facebook Places Is Nowhere
Gizmodo reports Facebook Just Killed Places, the competitor to Foursquare that was supposed to destroy the upstart start up. It’s still on the Facebook site, but the company has announced plans to disable the functionality in its mobil clients.
Remember all the folks saying that Foursquare was…
I suspect I was one of the crowd who said Foursquare was dead when Facebook entered the fray. But somehow the people (or more accurately personas) who use Facebook aren’t the same personas who use Foursquare. So mea culpa
You could blame it on lack of badges (Sierra Madre joke here) but somehow checking in on Facebook never felt right. Too wide of an audience maybe, or no points so no reason?
I bet one of two things happens:
1. Foursquare is now an even better acquisition for someone
2. Facebook has another attempt coming.
Trover – Share discoveries and find cool places around you
I like this app a lot. It’s a little like FourSquare in that one checks in. It’s a bit different though as the use-case is around discovering new places around you.
The other key about Trover is the initial UX is clean, intuitive. It’s fun to browse the photos from around the world too.
Key things Trover needs? A bigger network is certainly true. One easy suggestion is to let me tag people in photos; anyone tagged gets an invitation in their Facebook email. I would also like a filter for local which would sift out items I have already seen unless there is new information. I can only see the Marymoor velodrome so many times before I get bored. One other idea is to allow users to stitch items together, ie suggest that velodrome picture 1 and velodrome picture 2 are really the same place.
Regardless nice app, it’s fun in a way FourSquare and Yelp just aren’t sometimes.
GroupMe fail. To link with Foursquare I need to login. But um… I cannot find a keyboard