Foursquare is yet another location tracking service that links up with Twitter and Facebook. Like other services like it, Foursquare asks its users where they are. It then notifies their friends and/or twitter of their location. You can even read tips and suggestions from other people who have been at that location. You also score points for “checking in” at new locations.
If you not getting it that’s ok, it took me a while too. Here is how the foursquare team explains it:
It’s foursquare! Think: 50% friend-finder, 30% social city guide, 20% nightlife game. We wanted to build something that not only helps you keep up with your friends, but exposes you to new things in and challenges you to explore cities in different ways.
The game part of this service is what makes it so much fun. If you visit a place more than anyone else in your area, you become the mayor of that location. The title is nothing more than bragging rights but its fun to hold it over your friend’s heads. You can also create a house rule that says you have to buy the mayor his first round (if you at a bar).
There are a lot of ways to score points and it becomes a challenge to stay on the top of the leader board in your group of friends. You score more points when it’s your first time checking in at a location. You also get points for going to more than one location in a night. The leader boards reset every week so everyone has a fair chance to jump in the game.
Some people may find the game aspect of the service lame or useless and if that is the case then they are better off sticking with one of the other location networks. Since the service is focused around the game they would be more annoyed with it then intrigued. Also, to really get the most out of the service you need a group of friends that like to have a reason to bar or foodie (go to different restaurants for each course of a meal) hop.
If this sounds like something you would be into you’re in luck! You can use foursquare via iPhone app, Android app, mobile browser, or text messaging so there is no reason why you can’t join in on the fun. Well I guess if the service is not in your city yet that would be a good reason. This is one of the biggest drawbacks, but they are adding more cities every few months. The reason I am writing about this is because they just add my home base Pittsburgh.
Now when I go out on the town looking for the best bacon and beer, I can score some points in the process. Also it would be a great honor to be Mayor of Bacon Night at the Harris Grill.