Looking for more social location check-in options for your iPhone? Enter PlacePop. The free app is now available via the iTunes shop and enables the standard, foursquare-like check-in (actually its more like GoWalla) along with a little more functionality. A first test run shows us that a simple account creation is required to get rolling, then when you make a stop at a local venue you can easily check-in and accrue reward points – users get bronze, silver, gold status based on number of check-ins.
I like the ability to add photos and notes with your check-in and additionally, all your places are stored in your account so users can easily review their history of stops. I would like to see a GeoRSS feed made available as well as an option for users to grab a widget to embed on their blog (down the road perhaps). Kudos to the developer for adding information on their site for business owners! In my mind the businesses need to get more involved to offer up rewards and bait for usage. A big kudos also on the app for easily recognizing places nearby and… they seem to be scraping a very good POI database! See http://www.placepop.com/