I’ve been aware of some of the more social location apps for the iPhone for quite a while.  Apps like Foursquare and Gowalla that help you discover places nearby to you wherever you go, and ‘check in’ at spots, leave tips for others, gain badges and sort of build your profile in various ways. […]
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Trying out ‘Social’ Location Apps on iPhone

Gowalla iPhone app     Foursquare iPhone app

I’ve been aware of some of the more social location apps for the iPhone for quite a while.  Apps like Foursquare and Gowalla that help you discover places nearby to you wherever you go, and ‘check in’ at spots, leave tips for others, gain badges and sort of build your profile in various ways.

Up until recently I hadn’t been very interested in these apps – but while the big South by Southwest festival is going on here in Austin I’ve got tempted to give them a try.  So I’ve installed Gowalla (which I believe is made by an Austin company – yay), Foursquare, and a few other SXSW focused social apps over the last several days.

Needless to say, I’m an absolute rookie at using these apps – still learning how to use them and seeing whether I really like using them at all.

Are any of you veterans with these apps?  Which are your favorites? Any tips for a newbie? 

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