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Dailyplaces-logo[Germany] Ah, the Appstore approval process. It can destroy the news cycle. A week ago, our “Dear Leader” Mike Butcher started to ask startups on several occasions to come up with a worthy Foursquare competitor from Europe. Two days ago, I heard from a German company who said they might fit the bill. Dailyplaces sent a press release with Friday as release date. But when we fire up iTunes to install their app, what do we find? Nothing.

CEO Andreas Ebert says Apple still hasn’t approved Dailyplaces for the iPhone, although the app was submitted 4 weeks ago and approval normally takes only 14 days. But you know what? Screw Apple! We’ll tell you about it anyway.

Dailyplaces on iPhone.

Dailyplaces on iPhone.

Dailyplaces combines features of location based review sites like Yelp or Qype, where members evaluate bars, stores, doctors or sports clubs. It also works with photos and allows business owners to open and advertise their own locations.

The pitch of Dailyplaces is centered in their so called Points of Interest (POI). Here’s their pitch:

Share your world with dailyplaces:

With the dailyplaces-iPhone application you are able to capture all moments in your life with the dedicated locations either to save it for private purposes or to share it with other dailyplaces-users. With only few clicks you can create your individual POIs with a photo and a short description.

Whether you want to recommend a restaurant just around the corner, to remember the parking lot of your car, to share a beautiful outlook during hiking or just to present a funny or intersting moment of your life – You can use the dailyplaces-application to save all kind of those location-based information with just a few clicks.

All POIs will be published at the individual daiyplaces-website of the user and are available for other internet or mobile users as well.  All POIs can be send to the Twitter-network to also communicate with the followers. POIs of other users can be commented and users are able to search for followers within the dailyplaces-network. The POIs of those followers will have a dedicated area within the application.

Feature overview:

  • create POIs with a dedicated position
  • add photos and description to the POI
  • save POIs at the individual website
  • administrate POIs including status (private / public)
  • show POis at the map
  • search for POis nearby
  • search for latest POIs
  • comment POIs
  • identify other users as “follower”
  • search POIs of your “followers”der POIs der “Freunde”

This doesn’t have the gaming element of Foursquare or Gowalla, no mayors to overthrow and no badges to earn. But the feature list is longer.

Every user can get their own webpage like USERNAME.dailyplaces.net and customize it with photos and profile information. The page shows all the user’s POI and makes these recommendations searchable for others. Already existing locations, that have been created by others, can get timeline updates from every Dailyplaces user. That’s especially handy for Saturday night: Clubbers can check out parties in realtime on their iPhone and see where the crowd is at that very moment. Party photos are uploaded straight from the iPhone.

The integration with Twitter is very deep. Every public update gets published as a Tweet that contains the corresponding location in a special shortlink like http://dlpc.es/4xb for Zurich or http://dlpc.es/p7b for the famous Boticelli exhibition in Frankfurt’s Städel Museum. More examples are here. If you post from your iPhone, the Dailyplaces app leverages GPS to automatically add your comment to the right POI near your location. Of course you can also tap another point on the map to update it.

Every photo and every message from the Dailyplaces website or iPhone app gets tagged with geodata, so you can see its location in advanced Twitter software like Seesmic. Of course it’s also possible to search on the iPhone for POI near your location or to show only the newest ones. Other people’s POI can receive your comments and you can follow interesting users’ updates like you already know it from Twitter.

That is, if you have the app – which no-one does right now. So we’ll have to get back to you when Apple releases the app…

  • Steve

    Very interesting article especially after the Gowalla / FourSquare poll one day ago and also good to know that some German entrepreneurs are working on new location based tools. I just had a look at the website and some aspects like the dedicated website for every user seem to be quite interesting.

    But from my point of view all those services are more relevant in mobile environments. So I guess it makes more sense to use dailyplaces with the iPhone App to create some POIs and to search for locations nearby. So keep us updated when the app will be available.

  • Deepdiver

    Nice idea. I don’t need the gaming stuff of Gowalla and Foursquare. I hope they get the App through the Apple approval process…

  • http://www.mycoolplaces.com Madpixel

    On this way, you have http://www.mycoolplaces.com to share your favorite places (only) with your friends across your social networks, from computer and mobile. GPS, photo, nearby, comments, recomendations, etc. using Facebook and Open Social Connects, so you don’t have to register. Android version is available, and the iPhone version, as you says, deppends on the Apple aproval process.
    Other social netwoks are coming (very) soon.

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  • gpsbox

    I would just use a location based service on a daily basis if there is a realtime value.

    Gowalla, Foursquare does not provide real information and qype, yelp are very static.

    Let’s see how dailyplaces try to solve this. The quetions “What’s up and where” sound interesting.

  • http://chrisdrit.posterous.com/8075687 Chris

    Interesting to see this compared to Foursquare

    • gpsbox

      I do not know what the APP is really focused on, but I found this http://greenpeace_de.dailyplaces.net/ and this offers something different to FSQ and Gowalla but may it’s what dailyplaces call “location based microblogging”

  • Veronica

    The real-time value comment above is a massively valid point…

    Ironically enough, I’ve noticed that Rummble (http://www.rummble.com) has now integrated this real time value concept via Twitter feeds into their most recent iPhone app, that is available now in the apps store (version 1.5) and should be on Rummble for Android & Windows Phone very soon.

    I’ve noticed that the app is using local and real-time search to show Twitter activity for specific venues as it is being Tweeted out! Through this real-time information gathering, you can find your friends nearby, publish your location, get directions, message nearby users directly and find recommended places to go. Pretty cool stuff and definitely worth keeping an eye on.. loads of potential.

  • http://dailyplaces.net andreasEbert

    The dailyplaces APP is already in the APP store. Search for dailyplaces. After the index is created you will find it on the category “social network” + “travel”

    Or use this link:

    dp team

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