Travel View: Independent on Sunday, 22 May 2011
“Gowalla!” said a friend of mine. “It’ll be fun.” This wasn’t an African greeting but an attempt by a techie to get me enthused about location-based social media apps. Halt the collective yawning and knitting of brows and bear with me.
The rise of these GPS-powered “games” like Foursquare, Gowalla and Facebook Places has lately moved beyond something that teenagers and geeks do to show off about where they are, what they’re doing, and who they’re doing it with, to become a traveller’s tool.