Tuesday, March 9, 2010

FourWhere: The Spawn of Google Maps and Foursquare

Both ReadWriteWeb (FourWhere Mashes Up Foursquare and Google Maps) and Mashable (Foursquare + Google Maps = FourWhere) are covering the emergence of a new service/site/product called FourWhere. The concept here is very simple — take Foursquare locations and feed them into Google Maps, providing a simple view of all the venues in an area.

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Click for a larger view.

FourWhere takes it a little further, however, and allows you to filter venues so that you only see venues with tips. This is particularly handy to help filter out all the gas stations and office locations that I just don't care about. In addition, I can click on a venue to see all the tips/comments associated with it, making it much easier to make a decision about where I might want to go (or avoid).

Click for a larger view.
Click for a larger view.

The site launched today and is running slowly, probably owing to a spike in traffic from the press it received and/or my browser's distaste for Java.

If you read my post Don't Let Social Media Get You Robbed (or Stalked), then now might be a great time to make sure people aren't submitting your home address to Foursquare and leaving tips about your nice new TV.

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