Additionally, sports fans will be excited to know that GetGlue has incorporated sports into the app, so you can check in to sporting events or your favorite teams. Touchdown!
It's easy to get started: visit the Hotpot page and enter a category (like "restaurants") and a location. Search results appear as a grid displaying large images and business information. Click stars to rate each location, or choose to skip the location altogether, as "Not Interested," or save it for later. After giving a location a positive rating, you're asked to write a small review or share a tip — but if you choose not to, the prompt disappears on its own.
For more on Hotpot (including how to become the top influencer in your friend group), read more.
Remember when I told you about the hospitality-focused location service TopGuest? At the time, it was just picking up steam, but now the service, which is used in conjunction with Facebook Places and Foursquare, has teamed up with Virgin America to introduce a perfectly-timed holiday promotion.Earn 25 extra Elevate frequent flier points just by checking in on TopGuest at any Virgin America airport terminal or baggage claim. You can rack up 50 extra points per trip, which can then be used toward future flights. Easy enough, right?
While this amazing technology isn't ready for wide release just yet, it's pretty incredible. An Android app currently in development by HP would allow you to tag online content relevant to a certain spot — your apartment, a national landmark, your favorite restaurant, anything. The app, called Gloe, so far includes pre-populated content from Wikipedia, reviews, and photo-sharing sites, and connects with Facebook, so you'll be able to see content your friends deem most important in any given location.
Additionally, a bookmarklet will allow users to add content to any location from anywhere around the web, and vote on content they think is best.
Since Gloe is also an API, other applications will be able to be built on top of the service. Since it's currently in concept stage, HP is hoping that Android developers explore their options within the app to make it a reality. This would be an easy fit for tourism anywhere, but also for restaurants, businesses, and any other real-life experience that could be supplemented with additional, easily accessible information.
Remember when you just had to call or send a text to let people — like co-workers, family members, and friends — know where you were at any given time? You know, like you're running late for lunch, so you call your pals and tell them you'll be there in 15? Well, that's all a thing of the past with a new geo-tracking app called Glympse. Glympse lets you ping your chosen contacts with your actual location, then they can track your every move for an allotted amount of time (five minutes, an hour, whatever you choose).
For example, instead of calling your boss to tell him you're on your way into the office, you can send him a Glympse. He gets an email (which he can view on his phone or PC), and all he has to do is open the included link to get an interactive map showing exactly where you are — and if you stop off for coffee before arriving. I suppose this app would be good for business purposes — like tracking clients who may be lost — but it seems a little excessive to me. The good thing is you choose who gets to see your movements and when, but is anyone this OCD about their location that they would need this app and service?
You have to turn the function on to use it, so there's no risk of accidentally including your location if you don't want to. If you do enable the function, the line beneath your tweet on Twitter.com reads "x minutes ago via web from [x location]." The location text then links to a pop-out Google map detailing your general location. This could be useful for tracking breaking news, or if you're at a conference or other event where you're traveling between cities or even neighborhoods. . .but it's just more information that could potentially be an overshare — or even a security risk.Twitter is the latest service to launch this location-based function, on the heels of Facebook's announced plan to do the same. Can we officially say that location-based features have jumped the shark, or is it just the next big thing?