Location sharing developing giant Foursquare has an app store that has been open for almost a week. Initially the store is starting off with a small amount of apps available (right now the marketplace has over 18 apps), but it opens the gateway for anyone to tap into the power of the Foursquare API. Each app will get its own landing page. each app will get its own custom URL – particularly useful when you want to link others back to it. The app page will allow you to show off screenshots, authors, and custom download links. Creating an app for a service like Foursquare is a low cost springboard to future app development success. Keep in mind that any app you create will be available on both the iPhone and the iPad which is an impressive market.
Early entries into the app store include one for Hootsuite, Squarepik (an easy way to add photos and videos to your Foursquare check-ins. It will also show you all the photos and videos that were dropped at a venue. This app is an early favorite), and Kickball (a beautiful designed interface which gives Foursquare new life). If you have an app that is ready to be submitted to Foursquare, click right here and fill out the form completely.
There have been over 500 apps actually created for Foursquare, but there is no central location for users to discover them. The app store should grow into a central hub which will make discovery easier. It looks as if Foursquare is distancing itself from it’s main competitors Gowalla and Mytown. This new store provides a more developer-centric atmosphere which can only mean great things for Foursquare’s future.
Last week I also reached out to Tristan Walker, VP of Business Development from Foursquare, who was not able to provide any texture to the rumors of an upcoming Foursquare purchase. Basically, Tristan is unaware of any pending news nor would he be able to comment if he was knowledgeable. Co-Founder Dennis Crowley has also denied any of the numerous acquisition rumors. I will keep in touch with Tristan and report any news that breaks.Category: social media | Tags: apps, foursquare, gowalla, hootsuite, Kickball, Location sharing, MyTown, Squarepik, tristan walker