Everyone watching or reading this review knows that social media has a large presence on the internet and in most ways has become the way we find news or things that interest us. With services like Facebook, Foursquare, Twitter, and more, there are hundreds of ways to find places, news, friends and other interesting things.
Gowalla is yet another service looking to change the way we use our community and wants to give users an experience that makes it fun to visit new areas. If any of you are familar with the service called Foursquare, you will immediately recognize the premise of this app. After creating an account, users will then "Check In" to different locations they visit throughout their weeknights and weekends. Checking in to a location will earn different stamps for a users passport. Various trips can also be completed that have been created for users. These trips have multiple stops and will earn the user different stamps to collect. Users can also drop or trade items to they've collected with items found at the locations they visit.
Overall, the service is a great way to find new places in the area and have fun while you're there. It's not too prominent in smaller locations but if you visit large city areas, the benefit is much more. The app is free so check it out and see what's in your area.