The ViewPoint

Web Buzz: Spottly helps turn smartphones into travel journals

Back to Article
Back to Article

Web Buzz: Spottly helps turn smartphones into travel journals

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






By Jen Leo
Los Angeles Times
(MCT)
This app lets you create your own Instagram-like travel journal.
Name: Spottly
Available for: iPhone and iPad
What it does: Uses your smartphone and desktop photos and your own notes to make personal travel bucket lists. Lazy? You can use photos from the Internet or re-post other people’s notes.
Cost: Free
What’s hot: I loved browsing the “Featured” section and found restaurant after restaurant that I wanted to try in foreign destinations whose names I couldn’t pronounce, much less read (Asian characters are in play here). But I added them to my lists anyway. Spottly starts you with lists such as “To go before I die,” “Overrated spots,” “Spots I’d recommend” and “Favorite restaurants.” It will be most useful in keeping track of your own favorites and is quick to download.
What’s not: I didn’t like that the only way to enter the app (tested on iOS7, iPhone 4S) was by logging in using Facebook or Weibo. If I wanted to share my posts, I could only share with Facebook, Sina Weibo and WeChat Friends. Is sharing by email, let alone Twitter, already outdated? Hold tight. It aims to expands options in the next version (1.2) as well as add a search bar for getting to destinations faster than using the map.
Worth it? I’ll be using it for my own travel to-do lists, but give it some time to gain users if you’re looking for full global inspiration.
———
©2013 Los Angeles Times
Visit the Los Angeles Times at www.latimes.com
Distributed by MCT Information Services

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Leave a Comment

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Left
  • Web Buzz: Spottly helps turn smartphones into travel journals

    Campus

    RECAP: Hawks fall on the road to Western Nebraska

  • Web Buzz: Spottly helps turn smartphones into travel journals

    Campus

    New year, new classes

  • Web Buzz: Spottly helps turn smartphones into travel journals

    Campus

    Northeast students hand pick, count corn kernels for emergence study

  • Web Buzz: Spottly helps turn smartphones into travel journals

    Campus

    Jonn Music

  • Web Buzz: Spottly helps turn smartphones into travel journals

    Business

    Why should students join The Viewpoint?

  • Web Buzz: Spottly helps turn smartphones into travel journals

    Campus

    Northeast music groups perform for the holidays

  • Web Buzz: Spottly helps turn smartphones into travel journals

    Business

    Northeast Community College student runs own studio

  • Web Buzz: Spottly helps turn smartphones into travel journals

    Campus

    The reality of being a student ambassador

  • Web Buzz: Spottly helps turn smartphones into travel journals

    Campus

    Northeast’s dance team ends first half of their season on a good note

  • Web Buzz: Spottly helps turn smartphones into travel journals

    Campus

    Hawks recap their fall semester

Navigate Right
The official student newspaper of Northeast Community College.
Web Buzz: Spottly helps turn smartphones into travel journals