Gowalla: A New Gowalla
I first heard Josh talking about this concept at SXSW, and it really inspired me to start using their app instead of FourSquare. Checking in is tedious, but reliving experiences is something I could see myself looking back on, and making it worth the time to whip out my phone when traveling.
I just tried the new version, and it’s very pretty. New users will not associate this as a check-in app, in fact the UI makes it pretty non-intuitive to check-in to your local cafe. Instead the first thing you’ll want to click is the big guide to Pittsburgh. I think this is great, but I really do miss the ease of checking in to non-popular places, and REALLY miss the checkboxes, as I wanted to check things off my list of Pittsburgh. I’ll be playing with it more in the next week to get feedback, but if you haven’t used Gowalla in a while it might be worth checking out again.
Nearly three years ago I sat on a beach at Lake Tahoe and watched as a large low-flying cloud hung above the lake, creating the backdrop for a beautiful weekend of solitude. As much as I enjoyed the time alone to clear my thoughts, I was overwhelmed with the desire to share this experience with…