I'm a big fan of Foursquare and while I like leaving "tips" at the places I check-in at and earning badges such as "I'm on a boat", I've always wanted more integration of a rating system for the places I've explored kind of like Yelp offers.
That's why I was pleasantly surprised to find Bizzy, a free mobile app that allows people to quickly and easily "check out" from where they've been. However, the best feature of the app is its integration of a "love it", "okay" or "no thx" rating system. It seems to be taking the best of Yelp and Foursquare and providing the best in a one app mashup.
When people check out via Bizzy, they provide their friends with a short rating and a review of a place so they can decide if they might want to try that place too. If they do, one tap adds it to their Try List, a customized set of local search results that integrates seamlessly with Bizzy's personalized recommendation engine. Bizzy is also integrated with Twitter and Facebook and on earlier this month, Bizzy added Foursquare to the list, enhancing user experience to increase discovery and sharing.
With Bizzy, Foursquare users now have the ability to rate their check-in’s with a Love It, Okay, No Thanks, while keeping track of their favorite places and letting friends know how the experience was with a simple tap of a button.
Beyond the useful integration of the social and rating features, Bizzy has a lot more to offer such as its nearby feed option for discovering what's happening around you. Also, it includes a discover tab with the usual spots such as restaurants, lunch, dinner, bars and nightlife.
By connecting your account to Foursquare, you can check out of your check ins all from Bizzy and share your thoughts and opinions. And as you check out, you'll also earn badges such as "Goin' Mobile" and "Scout Badge".
Since the app just debuted, it might take a bit to get lots of users, but I'm thinking that this app is very well thought out and it won't be long until it's full of socialites. But for now, I got the message "You're the first one here! You are clearly the smartest, coolest, and most attractive of all of your friends". That's what I get for being an early adopter.
Of course, it's easy to find people around you and start following them and their friends and that's when you really start discovering the little known places around you. You know, the ones where you want to go, but you're afraid because you don't want to spend cash on something you don't like. Now, after you check out your friends' reviews, you'll be informed before you even get there.
Bizzy is the perfect social, check in, rating app. It's intuitive and useful making it a must have in your place discovery app arsenal.