Sunday, February 6, 2011
Google Latitude Checkin - fail
Google maps/latitude/places checkin misses a big point. The post below nails its problems and the underlying of repurposing maps data as opposed to 4sq's freestyle place creation. Case in point: both in 4sq and Facebook places have loads of people checkin to the local beach - on Google Latitude the beach does not exist nor can I create it. So Google has missed an entire use-case (social connection at non commercial properties).
More important to note is the number of checkins at the beach far outnumbers ALL the checkins for local businesses - including a pub!
So putting aside if checkins are useful or just a fad - Google would be advised to think of use cases that help the user - not just Google "local" revenue plans.
One approach would be to drop checkin metaphor and do friend-proximity alerts like Whereoscope.
Heres the post: