[twitter]Discovering new places when you travel by mining the insights of those who have been before you is a wonderful way to see the world.
You can read all the guidebooks, visit all the tourism websites, but still the best nugget of information you get is by asking a local, meeting a fellow traveler on a bus, or by reading a first hand account of what the real deal is.
What Is ShutterBee?
ShutterBee is a free travel photos sharing, chat, and check-in app that brings you insights and inspirations for your travels. Pick the best of Yelp, Foursquare, Facebook, and Instagram and blend them together and you’ll get an idea what the app is about.
There are 4 types of posts you can make with ShutterBee: a note, a check-in, a photo, or a panorama.
You can also track your global travels, maintain a bucket list of places you’d like to visit, and meet travelers along the way to share the adventure.
Taking ShutterBee For A Test Drive
I tested ShutterBee on a recent trip to San Jose del Cabo and used it as a way to capture some of my favorite sights from the trip and build out a travel map of where I’ve been.
The map function is a great tool to find out points of interest that may be near you and you can search by your location to find restaurants, tourist attractions, other local insights. Check in, like you would on Foursquare, and offer some tips for the next visitor to come along.
When you take a picture, you can feed it to your other social networks (Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, Foursquare) and invite your friends to join the community at ShutterBee and build out the travel maps.
Some drawbacks: you can’t add photos after the fact. I’ve recently been to Bermuda, and found it impossible to add some of those photos and tag them on my travel map. You need to be using Shutterbee as you’re traveling. Which means burning data, or uploading immediately from Wifi.
The community is also a little young, so it will need some help maturing and getting filled with more information and insights.
This is where you come in: grab the free ShutterBee app, and use it on your next trip.
Add some photos, some tips and tricks, and help build out an app that can help the world become a smaller place.
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