The new GetGlue for iPhone [iTunes link] has a redesigned UI that puts the focus on the conversations taking place around the checkin process.
Check out this video GetGlue put together highlighting the new changes in the app:
Improved Checkin Experience
The checkin experience with GetGlue now looks very similar to Foursquare. The checkin button is now in the middle of the screen, just like with other location-based services apps.
After checking in, you get a list of your stats and any stickers that have been unlocked. You can also easily view the new Friend Leaderboard. The Leaderboard is different for every TV show, movie, artist, book and topic — you don’t just see who has the most checkins, you see a list of folks relevant to what you are currently watching.
The biggest addition to GetGlue is the new conversation filter. As GetGlue’s founder and CEO Alex Iskold told me earlier this month, the conversation view was something his team has worked on for quite some time.
The idea is simple. Rather than looking at a stream of comments detailing what people are watching, the conversation view is designed to highlight the most interesting tweets and checkin-based comments.
When checking-in to Family Guy last night, for example, I saw a lot of comments that referenced the Charlie Sheen Roast, which featured an appearance by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. In previous versions of the app, most of the recent comments would be of the “I’m watching X” variety.
While I’m usually uneasy with apps that take so many visual cues from other applications, in this context, the changes make sense. If GetGlue is going to become the go-to service for entertainment checkins, it will benefit from an interface that closely aligns with the most popular location-based checkin system.
Fortunately, features like the leaderboards and the conversation views stand on their own.
Do you use GetGlue? Let us know your thoughts of the new app in the comments.