App review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Foursquare-type social media app meant for older audiences.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

This is a simple and intuitive application. Most users can discover everything they need to know simply by surfing around its menus.


Users may run across foul or inappropriate language posted by other users in the form of "spot" comments, though this appears to be uncommon.


Users can search for local stores, restaurants, and other establishments commented on by other users by tapping “spots.” Company names and tourist attractions are highlighted throughout -- including Vail Resorts, USA Today, National Geographic, Subway, etc. Also, users sometimes receive offers of free or discounted brand-name products.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Entries exist for bars and other “spots” that serve or sell alcohol.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Gowalla is a social media app geared for grownups. Users communicate their locations using not just the app, but also by using Twitter and Facebook, which means friends -- and potentially strangers -- can track a user’s whereabouts. Among the locations listed are adult venues, including bars and dance clubs. User comments are unfiltered and rely on community policing to flag posts that include profanity, hate speech, or inappropriate sexual content, but it's likely that these will appear on the site, at least occasionally. Comments frequently reference drinking, partying, etc.  Also note that users can create “trips” that suggest multiple locations for others to visit; some of these trips have adult themes, such as pub crawls. For more parent advice about location-sharing apps, check out our article.

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Kid, 9 years old January 3, 2011
Teen, 13 years old Written byF-Zero studios September 8, 2010

i have this app on the itouch

perfect app only for 8 and older

Is it any good?

Similar in design and function to the popular Foursquare app, GOWALLA has users check in at various “spots” (restaurants, stores, bars, landmarks, etc.) and post their location on the app, as well as to Twitter and Facebook. Some differences between the two include Gowalla’s ability to let users post photos of the locations they visit, find directions to spots via Google Maps, and create “trips,” which are groups of spots created by one user for other users to visit, such as landmark tours or pubcrawls. Like Foursquare, Gowalla’s location-sharing features and inclusion of mature spots and trips makes this app best used by adults. 

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