I am sick to death of hearing how great FourSquare is.
Maybe two years ago it would have been. Today, it just looks… unfinished.
And yet, one can’t help but notice that there appears to be a pump-and-dump type mentality with people buzzing up FourSquare as “the next big thing.” I look at it and think, “this?”
In fact, Gowalla is what FourSquare should have been.
Especially if the FourSquare founders sat around for two years, with time on their hands, looking for something to do – working on a new product boosted from the scraps of Dodgeball.
Compare the two apps by looking at their interfaces in the Gallery below. Which one looks like a developer in their basement pulled it together, and which one looks like a professional app built by a real company? It’s a total no-brainer.
And embarrassment for all the “me toos” pumping up an obviously crap implementation.
But – even as cool, polished, and slick as Gowalla is (and FourSquare is not) – are these types of social apps really the next big thing?
I only play a developer on TV.