Slowly, and by invitation only, the Places API Google showed off earlier this year will start becoming accessible to more developers. Google announced yesterday that it’s started establishing contact with developers who want to work on check-in applications.
Thor Mitchell, a Maps API product manager, explained on the Google Geo Developers Blog, “I’m happy to say that we have now begun reaching out to developers who have expressed an interest in building check-in applications using the API, including those working on client applications for the Buzz API.”
Mitchell then hinted how developers who haven’t been contacted can help themselves. “If you have already applied to use the Places API and you feel that your use case fits this initial focus, please log back in to the Application Form and ensure that your description makes this clear,” he wrote.
Just don’t expect an immediate response.
It should be interesting to see if an independent developer helps Google get ahead of established leaders in the check-in space like Foursquare, Gowalla, and Loopt.