Roamz is a hybrid of meta searching and location-based social networking. This handy little iOS app taps into public discussions going on at a variety of sites (like Facebook & Foursquare) and based on those discussions, suggests which places are in the vogue these days. Not only that, you can even get it to help you find and navigate to important places near you (or anywhere else for that matter). Update: The app is now available for Android as well.
Without having a Roamz account, you can still scan its feeds and find places, but to get in touch with fellow users or make an addition of your own, you will definitely need to create a profile. The first thing you need to do in Roamz is to choose your areas of interests so that only relevant suggestions are generated for you. There are 10 categories in Interests, each of which can be turned on or off. These include Restaurants, Colleges, Airports, Children and the likes.
The Roamz feed can be viewed two ways. You can set it to display results near your current location only, or set a custom location and get all the information about it. The feed is sorted on the basis of the distance of a place from your current location. Basically it contains the list of places and any photos or comments other users might have added about the place. The Popular section, on the other hand, is more like Facebook’s wall. It displays shares by other users and allows you to comment on each.
To share your thoughts about a place over Roamz, hit the large share button in the middle of the options aligned along the bottom of the screen. If you want Roamz to display trends from your friends as well, go into the settings menu and configure Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare. Even if you don’t, you will still get suggestions based on public posts.
Roamz presents a pretty fresh and new concept and if its user-base increases, this app might become a really useful one. But even as things stand right now, Roamz is still quite worthy of a download. The app is available for free on the iTunes App Store.
Download Roamz for iPhone, iPad & iPod touch
Update: The app is now available on Android as well. You can grab it from the following link.
Download Roamz for Android