check.in checks out of closed beta

May 18th, 2010

If you’ve got an itch, scratch it. We are firm believers in making products that we want to use, and that our users ask for. Earlier in the year, while the media was pouring gas on the “location wars” story, a number of our more active users were expressing frustration about using multiple services. Here is a perfect example:

So we did what seemed obvious – we built an application that solved the problem and let us check into several services at once. check.in is an HTML5 application that you can use on a range of mobile devices, notably iPhone and Android phones. It allows you to check in to Brightkite, Foursquare, Gowalla, Whrrl and TriOut in one simple process. It also returns information back from each service – have you collected points? Ousted the mayor? check.in will tell you.

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Check it out

To use check.in, just point your browser to http://check.in

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Check.in has been in closed beta for a while, but today we are taking off the wraps and making it available to everyone. During the beta period we’ve made a number of performance improvements and rolled out a bunch of features:

  • The ability to customize privacy settings for each service (share with friends or with everyone?)
  • Sharing settings customizable service by service (do you want your check ins posted to twitter, Facebook, etc?)
  • Returning awards and virtual goods service by service – achievements, awards, points, majorships, badges, etc

A lot of our beta period was spend optimizing the place matching behind check.in. Each service uses a proprietary place database, so a key to success is matching places across each service that might have different spellings, address formats, or other quirks but actually be the same place.

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Stats so far.

Its fascinating to dig through some of the numbers – check.in provides a valuable oversight of user behaviour across a range of services. Here are some things we’ve found to date. We’ll be sure to share more soon:

  • Over 6,000 users used check.in during the closed beta (invite only) period, generating over 135,000 checkins
  • The average user checked in over 20 times
  • More than 2.3 million places were queried during the beta period
  • Most users check in to two or three services
  • Brightkite, Foursquare and Gowalla dominated the services used (though Whrrl was added later and TriOut is limited to a small geographic footprint)
  • Friday is the busiest day for checkins: it sees over 30% more activity than Sunday which is the quietest day.

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Next steps?

So we scratched our itch – what next? We’d love to hear ways you’d like us to evolve the service. A lot of users have asked for Yelp integration, but we’ve failed (so far) to persuade them to open their API. There has also been talk of native apps and integration into Brightkite’s apps. We definitely hope to release an open API soon to allow you to build your own ideas and scratch your own itches on top of check.in. As always, let us know what you think.

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Chris Hallgren

  • 336 weeks ago

Some great features would be to never show a network. For example I know 4sq and Gowalla are never going to find my work. So I want to permentally skip them for ever.

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Diaz

  • 286 weeks ago

it is not only eye opening rather very beneficial for the people those who want to do something good in his life .

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Web Design

  • 285 weeks ago

The intrinsic gravity of the subject being more important to me that my thoughts on communication strategy.

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Web Design

  • 284 weeks ago

not showing it would be perfect.

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Jordan

  • 336 weeks ago

@Chris Hallgren

Probably a more sustainable and friendly solution would be to simply add your workplace on Foursquare and Gowalla. Then you can set it and forget it :-)

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  • 285 weeks ago

I’m trying to tackle ruby so anyhelp is nice.

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Gary

  • 336 weeks ago

Besides Brightkite, I use Loopt (because I HAVE TO, to be able to post to a separate Facebook account). Anyway, I only use these 2 apps to check in. (I DO NOT like the others … no offense.) Unfortunately, check.in does not include Loopt. If it DID, I would use it constantly. It's a GREAT idea!!!

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[...] said “no.” We suggest they consider adding another major LBS player, Loopt. From the Brightkite blog, it appears they’re also considering Check.in integration into Brightkite’s native [...]

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champ22

  • 336 weeks ago

adding landscape to the app would be perfect

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Dred242

  • 336 weeks ago

Hey,

I set-up the 1/2 price happy hour Frappuccino w/custom badge thingy and I think it's kinda cool! I might actually get something for checking in unlike Gowalla and FourSquare's false promises. I also like seeing the extra Starbucks badge which now appears on my Brightkite page.

On a side note, I'm not sure I like seeing my user name with an @ symbol (Dred242@Starbucks) to show where I last checked in. The @ symbol makes me feel like you guys are creating random email addresses based on my last check-in...ha ha! How about replacing the @ symbol with a tiny little version of the BrightKite "check-in" graphic - it's that downward pointing arrow above the X which marks the spot.

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Driving Gloves

  • 331 weeks ago

Nice posts.Keep it up...

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@linnix

  • 304 weeks ago

Did this service die with the drop of check-ins on Brightkite?

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Emergency Button

  • 294 weeks ago

WOAH! Hit the emergency button! I simply MUST have this application! I'm headed to Austin for SXSW this month and things can very hectic down there. Concerts and events move at the speed of light and it often feels like you're moving to the next venue just as soon as you get to the first one. Still, I don't want to loose the opportunity to add to my check-in history. This will let me do it in a snap and I'm SO excited to try it out in Austin! Thanks!

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karen

  • 292 weeks ago

Seems like a pretty neat application! I am just wondering if this would work on my Samsung galaxy S?

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Anonymous

  • 289 weeks ago

this is really an informative article can i post it on my blog Trendy boy thanks

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Jennifer

  • 286 weeks ago

Nice update on this Check in Module. Since I'm a fashion student I travel quite a lot and like to use Brightkite for my Checkins, hope you keep up the good work. Jennifer from designer marken team in Gemany

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mivpl

  • 285 weeks ago

More than 2.3 million places were queried during the beta period PO Box London

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