FlickSquare Mashes Up Foursquare Photos with Flickr
Software developer Benny Wong has created a new project, dubbed FlickSquare, that will crosspost your Foursquare check-in photos and locations to Flickr.
FlickSquare builds upon that functionality by offering users a nice way to keep their photo check-in adventures not only archived, but synced with the rest of the Flickr ecosystem. If you take a great photo of a landmark for instance, FlickSquare will ensure that your non-Foursquare friends and family members can see the photo and share the memory.
FlickSquare is super easy to use; just visit FlickSquare.me and then log in to Foursquare. Add FlickSquare as a Foursquare friend so that the app can see your check-in data.
Then, using Flickr’s OAuth tool, you can grant link FlickSquare with Flickr. Now every photo you upload to Foursquare will be crossposted to Flickr. In the “additional info” box on Flickr, your photo will contain your Foursquare location information.
The contents of your check-in message, along with a link to the Foursquare venue is included in the title and description for the photograph.
The only thing we should point out is that if you use FlickSquare in conjunction with a mobile photo sharing app like Instagram, you may wind up with duplicate content because of their ability to publish photos to multiple social networks.
For example, if I take a photo using Instagram, select a location and opt to check in to that location with Foursquare, if I also choose to publish that photo to Flickr, two copies of the photo will show up in my stream. The same would be true for Posterous users who have their blogs configured to auto-post photos to Flickr.
FlickSquare is a simple web app, and that’s why we like it. It does what it sets out to do.
You might question the necessity of archiving Foursquare photos to Flickr. Think about it this way: If you take photos of all your checkins while on a trip or at an event, you can end up with a great little travel book within your Flickr stream when you return — complete with location information.