Check-ins are the core action of location-based apps. They let your friends know where you are and businesses know that you have arrived at their location. But how do they work, who has access to the data and what can you do with the data? I’m glad you asked. Over the past few days I’ve been thinking creating a location-based infographic so I created a “How Check-ins Work In Location-Based Apps” infographic.

The goal of the infographic is to show how smartphone users check-in with location-based apps such as @TriOut, @Foursquare, @Gowalla, @Whrrl and more at businesses. Also to show privacy options, how location-based services partners can see your check-ins via APIs and location-based dashboards. I created two versions per feedback from friends/partner but as I tweeted this morning, I’ll let @Flowtown stick to creating shiny infographics.

How Check-Ins Work in Location-Based Apps version 1
How check-ins work infographics and apps

How Check-Ins Work in Location-Based Apps version 2
How check-ins work infographics and apps

Let me know which infographic you like and if you understand how the process works in the comments.

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