One of my favorite uses of foursquare is connecting with the history of the area I’m in. The History Channel was the first to do this, posting historical tidbits as tips. The NY Daily News took it a step further by adding photos from their vast archives of New York images. I’ve even played a part with the Cincinnati History Pics page, checking in once a day and posting a historic photo relevant to that day at the place where it occured.
Jon Hoffman, a foursquare engineer, has gone even further by adding historical context to check-ins all over the world with a new connected app, Fourstalgia. It notifies users when there’s a historic photo near where they’ve checked in and then shows it when they click through to the detail page.
The photos come courtesy of the SepiaTown project, which catalogs historic photos — tied to their original locations — all over the world. It’s an open project to which anyone can add photographs.
What do you think of Fourstalgia? What other bits of location-related history would you like to see as connected apps?