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Anyone who is a fan of instant messaging on the go from their iOS device of choice is most likely familiar with the SHAPE Services development team and their tool IM+. What their original application did to help revolutionize the way that we chat on the road, their new app Checkin+ hopes to do for the worlds of FourSquare and Facebook.
While I was never one for alerting the entire world of my whereabouts at any given second in time, there has been a budding industry around the social networking concept of "checking in." The problem was that Foursquare's existing iOS application has left so much to be desired in the areas of personal mapping. This is where Checkin+ comes into play.
Combining the social networking world with augmented reality applications, though odd when described simply in words, actually makes for an interesting concept. Check out the trailer below and see if you feel the same way!
The location based app market has been popular for quite some time now, with its major players becoming household names. Foursquare, Gowalla, and upstarts like Booyah's MyTown are showing impressive user numbers and gaining traction among mobile users. Yet at TechCrunch Disrupt last week, two new startups showed promising twists on location-based services (LBS). DeHood aims to create a new community vibe through its iPhone app and website, each of which pulls in information about their local area. Yet possibly more disruptive is SCVNGR, which takes the game dynamics present in Foursquare and makes them the center of the service, instead of placing them on the periphery as Foursquare does.
Making Checking in Fun Again
Foursquare is designed to one day become a social and local utility, with social gaming mechanics designed to encourage checkins and to get people to use the platform more frequently. With SCVNGR, going to somewhere and checking in isn't enough. Instead, they make the entire world a scavenger hunt. At Disrupt, challenges included "Double Down," with users suggesting companies for venture capitalists to invest in, or "Give me a 'T'," wherein users had to spell out TCD with random scraps they found at the conference.
SCVNGR has spent the past couple of months working with institutions like colleges and museums to build "treks," which are essentially scavenger hunts. These are designed to drive more traffic and interactivity with the institutions. One could theoretically travel through the Metropolitan Museum of Art doing a trek, a highlights tour of sorts that was designed with SVNGR. The app includes social features as well, allowing users to see where they rank against their friends and the treks their friends had previously completed.