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This article was published on March 9, 2012

LOCQL abandons local Q&A idea in favor of ‘visual discovery’ iPhone app Discoverful

LOCQL abandons local Q&A idea in favor of ‘visual discovery’ iPhone app Discoverful Image by: Helder Almeida - Fotolia
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The team behind strangely named local Q&A site LOCQL has come to the realization that their original idea doesn’t really appear to have legs, and has decided to shift focus to Discoverful, an iPhone app (iTunes link) that lets users share and ‘visually discover’ interesting places, wherever that may be.

Basically, the free social discovery app lets people view and share geo-tagged photos, experiences and places – nearby or far away – with the ability to create trip-planning lists and bookmark favorites. Read more about the app here.

If you’re attending SXSW this year, you might be particularly interested in checking it out. In fact, you can use the app to be virtually ‘teleported’ (ahem) to noteworthy places or events in the world, and you can also follow like-minded people.

You can use your iPhone to snap your own location-tagged photos, browse others and share interesting pictures on Facebook, Twitter, per email or per text message.

Notably, the design of the iPhone-only application was inspired by Microsoft’s beautiful Windows Phone Metro UI (see screenshots below).

Similar services include Trover, Gogobot and Caterina Fake’s Pinwheel.

The startup behind the Discoverful app, based in Seattle, is currently self-funded and employs 4 people.

Discoverful (iTunes link)

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