If you’re like me, you probably have at least 2-3 geolocation service apps, like Brightkite, Foursquare or Gowalla, on your smartphone. It can be quite time consuming when it comes to using all of them when out and about. My husband always laughs at me because I have to take 5-6 minutes just to check-in at each one.
Like Checkin Mania, a site I covered earlier this year, Footfeed is another site that aims to make your life easier when it comes to sharing your location on the web. Footfeed lets you check into all of your services at once, as well as earn multiple rewards (points, badges, mayorship, etc). “Footfeed integrates APIs from Brightkite, Foursquare, Gowalla, Facebook, Twitter, Google Latitude and soon Whrrl.”
After creating and verifying your account, it’s time to start connecting your geolocation accounts. When registering, you can choose to connect your Facebook account during that initial step, or wait until now. Adding each account is painless, and best of all you don’t have to supply any of your login credentials. You’re directed to each site (Foursquare, Brightkite, Gowalla, etc) in order to grant Footfeed permission to access these accounts.
View Your Timeline
Once you’re done connecting your geolocation accounts, Footfeed imports all of your friends, check-ins and data from each site. You’re then directed to a combined timeline that can be sorted by service. Clicking on a username will take you to that person’s profile on the original service, while clicking on their location will take you to a location page within Footfeed.
Here you can see information about a specific location that a user has checked into. Of course there is a map of the location – as expected. You can see how many times you have checked into that location, how many people have visited the page and how many people (total) have checked into that location. There is also a combined timeline showing who has checked in that location and via which site. The timeline can be sorted by service just like your own account timeline.
Feeds & Stats
Now back to your account page; the left sidebar has information about you such as your latest check-in, number of check-ins via each service, number of badges, number of photos shared, number of notes posted, etc. Clicking on the “All Activity History” link will show a timeline with just all of your check-ins. So if you’re curious about your past whereabouts, this is a great place to feed your curiosity.
You may also want to click on your name in the upper right corner of the page to go to your settings. Here you choose which services to have Footfeed automatically post to when you check-in. By default, each site is set to not post. You will probably want to enable most if not all of them, so that your sites will be updated whenever you check-in via the Footfeed app.
You can also choose whether or not to have your services post to Facebook. Since you probably already have Facebook connected directly to each individual service, it’s probably not a good idea to enable this. Of course, the choice is yours – just be aware that double posting may occur.
It’s seems that Footfeed only has an iPhone/iPod Touch app at the moment. I’m surprised that they don’t at least have a mobile website. This could be a huge mistake for them, since more people are now using other smartphones more than the iPhone.
I did try the app on my iPod Touch and it seems pretty decent – it’s also free, which is always a plus. Not only can you check-in within seconds, but you can also keep up with your friends and see where they are checking in.
What I really do like about Footfeed is the fact that now I don’t have to open up each geolocation app each time I want to check-in, and my husband can no longer laugh at me! This is definitely a huge convenience.