Twitter, Swarm? Forget about them! Try out Local Snaps app.


If you’re reading this blog, you’re most likely a serious geo-geek. You are no stranger to GPS tech and your heart beats faster when you see a cool map. But being in a spatial state of mind means also to suffer… It hurts when you see a great idea, which is wasting its potential by not fully utilising the context of location.

Let’s take as an example Twitter. It’s a brilliant service which taught 1 billion of its users that you can communicate your thoughts using just 140 signs. The location-compotent is there but it doesn’t bring any value added neither to users nor to Twitter itself.


Have you ever imagined how would the Twitter look like if it had been designed by a geo-geek? I have and I think that the best answer to this question is a new Android app called Local Snaps. The app allows you to connect your experiences and ideas with your physical location and display it on a map. It is something that you’ve always wanted to see on Twitter but it was never there.



The idea for the app is simple. It allows you to share with the world your “Snaps” which are moments captured with photos or videos. The photo/video is than displayed on the map or in the news feed. Similarly to Twitter when you publish something the whole world can see it but on the other hand you can also view “Snaps” of everyone else on Earth. Every photo gets you points. When someone views, likes and comments on your photo it gets you additional points. So basically the app takes the best features of Twitter and Foursquare’s Swarm (which introduced the concept of gamefication in location-based apps) and connects them together.


The app is really well designed. User interface is simple, intuitive and not overloaded with plenty of unnecessary features. I must say that I’m really surprised how fast this thing works. Newly developed apps, especially those which process a lot of photos or videos tend to get slow or crush. I’ve been using Local Snaps for couple of days now and I haven’t seen any of these issues.


Is there a big future in front of Local Snaps? Will it be the next Twitter or at least Foursquare? I hope so. It’s a million dollar idea followed by a great app.

But be aware!!! The app is highly addictive.

I'm a professional always thinking outside the box and a self-confessed gadget addict. As a son of a professor of cartography I was surrounded by maps all my life and as a result spatial way of thinking and seeing reality is naturally embedded in who I am.


  1. This seems great, too bad it hasn’t come over to iOS yet. I have seen a few similar apps over the last year, but this definitely seems to be the one for a GIS location based geek like myself.


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