Google Maps Enables Check-In Feature for 10 Million Users
According to Google's blog, users can now "add context to the location—like captions to a photo" with check-in, on top of the current update-and-share location feature.
Besides tagging, new features are also included to make the check-in experience more complete. For example, users can now turn on check-in notifications in Latitude’s settings and get a notification to check in at a nearby place. Once the user has left the location, Latitude automatically check him/her out of places so friends aren’t left guessing if they are still there.
In a more direct battle with Foursquare, Google also enabled a ranking system "between people checking in at a particular place: 'regular'
, 'VIP' or 'Guru', similar to what Foursquare does with the 'mayorship'" reports GPS Business News. Foursquare currently has 6 million users.
"It would not be surprising to see in the near future discounts coming up through check in as Facebook does with 'Deals'," shared the news portal.
[Source: Google's Blog]