Gowalla 3.0 unifies check-ins across FourSquare, Facebook and Twitter
One check-in on the Gowalla 3.0 app for the iPhone allows you to syndicate that check-in across all four major location-aware networks. But the fun doesn't stop there: the Gowalla app will also pull your friends' location-based activities from other networks directly into the app, meaning you won't have to jump between services to see where each of your friends are and what they're up to. Gowalla has even done the leg work to sync up venue locations between the competing services, meaning that one gig check-in will correctly tag you at the concert venue across all services, and then later, at the bar down the street for the after party. According to co-founder Josh Williams, checking-in with Gowalla has also been improved and is now incredibly simple, requiring just a single tap, with location based-matching to venues that's about 80% correct.
The Gowalla 3.0 iPhone app has several other updates including the ability to leave notes for a friend at a location, browsable city highlights, bookmarkable places, and the ability to flag problems at a location such as a closed down pub, or a shop undergoing renovation. Of course all these extras are nice, but what Gowalla has done, unifying check-ins across all major services all from one app, may propel them into the driving seat as the 'must have' check-in app.
So if you're a location-based social animal, or just fancy trying out a check-in service, you can grab the free Gowalla 3.0 app for the iPhone from the App Store today -- while Android, BlackBerry, Palm and iPad users will have to wait a little for the inevitable unifying app updates.
Gowalla 3.0 [iTunes] - Free