Ahh Check-In Social Networking apps. There are a lot of them aren’t there? All vying for users and their precious time to actually check in wherever they go. There’s another one on the horizon now aiming to provide something even more useful than before. It’s called Locai and it’s just reached its 2.0 release having just added Twitter integration and custom checkin messages.
Essentially it’s an app that hopes to make checking in more sociable. It aims to let conversations develop around check-in locations thus enabling people to get to know each other through the app and their common interest of the location they’re at. That is providing they’re already following them via Twitter, Facebook or the app itself. Users can also ask questions and post images, not just enter text. Conversation discovery allowing people to get to know each other by finding nearby conversations is also set to be added soon.
It’s an interesting idea and one that I suspect will work quite well at large conventions. I know I’ve been to a few gaming events and found myself unsure if I know someone or not thanks to only ever following them on Twitter. Something like Locai would be a great way of breaking the ice.
Locai is out now and is a free app. Give it a try and see if it can usurp the almighty Foursquare.