The other day I blogged about LBS check-in fatigue. Basically what this refers to is the fatigue that comes from using the wide variety of location based apps out there. Upon reaching a new location someone who uses several of these must open each and ‘check-in’. This can several minutes in total as each app opens, pulls in friends data, finds your location and then checks you in.
Low and behold, that day, a service was announced to address just such a condition from the makers of BrightKite.
Check.in is a self proclaimed “one check in to rule them all” it seems. And although it is a self-made proclamation, I can now personally vouch for the awesomeness of this new app.
Currently it’s not actually a full blown app as most of us know them. Rather it is a mobile web based app. It’s in a limited Beta right now but I was lucky enough to get my hands on it after Damon Cortesi connected me with Martin May who is working on Check.in. Damon had read my previous LBS fatigue post, took pitty on me and pled my case to Martin who promptly hooked the shiz up!
Let’s get to the point!
- It has been released as a mobile web based app in order to get it out quickly, but plans are to make it in to an actual mobile app
- Is limited to three services (BrightKite, Foursquare and Gowalla) at this point
- There are and will continue to be issues with the Gowalla api specifically which may lead to it being pulled from Check.in if a work around cannot be found
- It is not exactly clear how Check.in may or may not work with the reward systems inherent within each app. (mayorships, badges, rewards, etc.)
- You can request a Beta invite at Check.in
- It uses magical matching to figure out where you are at. Yes. Magic.
I took some screen shots so you could get a feel for the process and how it works.
So. There you have it. Magical. The app doesn’t pull in your friends data, but this is part of the time saving it offers. It allows you to check in to all of the apps in a much quicker fashion than each of them individually in aggregate.
As new api’s are available from the other location based services they will likely add them. Does this app solve all of the “LBS fatigue” problems out of the gate? No. But it is very new and I’d bet that in time and through further iterations and developments this app could be your go-to-check-er-inner (I just made that word up).
A huge thanks to Damon for the hook up and to Martin for allowing me to get such an early look at this awesome new tool!
Several facts about the api and limitations added at the prompting of Jeff Croft.
And for those wondering, no I do not currently have a Brightkite account. However, I will be setting one up to use with Check.in.