Once upon a time there was a service called Dodgeball that allowed you to keep a running log of the places you visited. That service was sold to Google and a new service was started in its place, Foursquare. Similar idea with a more polished and fun user experience. I used this service a lot and really enjoyed what is provided. As a with any good idea, it becomes a popular market and competitors inevitably enter that market. Gowalla was a similar service to Foursquare, and at that time, my opinion was that it did it better, so, off to Gowalla I went. And as with most services you start liking, it got bought by Facebook and shutdown.
That ended my run of location logging app usage and I didn’t really pay attention to the category for a couple years. For the most part, Foursquare stayed on top of this category, although they did split out the “check-in” functionality mostly to another app called Swarm.
I recently was thinking about how great it would be to have a fast, fun, and effective way to keep track of neat places I have been to or had great meals at. I did some looking around to see what was out there and now I have Swarm installed.
This review for Swarm summarizes what I want out of swarm quite nicely.
I am going to try it out again for a while and see how it works out day to day. It sure beats trying to keep track of everything in a note or spreadsheet.