Foursquare for iPhone Goes Version 2.2: Photos and Comments

Foursquare has been updated to version 2.2 for iPhone and the overhaul brings two main features with it—comments and photos. A new version of the Android app will bring the features with it later this week. Those on the BlackBerry and HP webOS platforms will have to wait until sometime in January to start using the features. No timeline other than early 2011—whatever that means—for the rest of the smart phone lineup. Sorry WP7 users, you already knew stuff like this was going to happen.

Users of Foursquare on the iPhone can now comment on ‘check-ins’ by friends. The feature is useful if you want to actually meet up with friends at places (a novel idea, I know) or just let each other know what you think of activities. “Lady Gaga concert? Weak dude. We’re finding you a new girlfriend.” The possibilities are practically endless.

The photo feature in Foursquare 2.2 now lets users leave pictures attached to tips, venues and check-ins. Find a fly in your soup? Take a picture and let the whole world know why you won’t be recommending the restaurant to others. While the tips and venue attached pictures are of course public, pictures attached to check-ins are only visible to those who can see the check-in.

The big question is whether or not Foursquare can continue to compete against Facebook now that the later has added a fairly decent location-based check-in system of its own. To be honest, most of my social network still isn’t using check-ins except to brag about where they are and what they are doing—really, the most popular use of checking in—but hopefully, that will change as more people become comfortable letting others know where they are.

To help it compete, Foursquare will be adding cross-posting of pictures through Facebook and other services in the future. Location-based social networking is still very young and still has a lot of growing to do. Its ultimate success depends on how much revenue companies like Foursquare can earn through using the information they collect. Of course, Facebook is unlikely to have a problem like that due to its massive size.

Excited about comments and pictures in Foursquare now? Go download the update if you have an iPhone. Android users should check later this week for it.

In the meantime, let me know what you think of the new features!

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