What is Foursquare ? The answer is far more complex than it should be.
“We want to build tools that change the way all the people in this room experience the real world,” said Foursquare founder Dennis Crowley at the Web 2.0 Summit today, as he described his company’s retreat from the game mechanics that first made the check-in service a success. With more than 10 million downloads, Foursquare is the category leader for location services, even as it moves away from its initial offering. Crowley said Foursquare is about much more than check-ins, and features such as Foursquare Radar and Foursquare Explorer are going to power even stronger user adoption in the future.
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This weekend, Foursquare hosted its first global hackathon.
Google 's location-sharing app, Latitude , has just added the ability to check in at a specific business or other location.
Aug 18th It’s one of the most common check-ins on foursquare: you head off to a movie theater , check in, and type in ‘Harry Potter’ to tell people what you’re seeing.
Foursquare has just crossed 7,000,000 user IDs , which should mean that the location-based social network will be hitting 7 million registered users in the coming week. As we learned from the Foursquare, user ID numbers don’t quite match up to the network’s actual number of user accounts, but in the past have been correlated as a sign that the network is fast approaching the milestone. If Foursquare does in fact hit 7 million users in the next week or so, it would show that the startup is continuing to see steady growth, despite recent competition from Facebook’s location product Places.
Popular check-in application Foursquare is facing a problem that has long bedeviled social networks — spurious friend requests. And it’s dealing with violators by putting a cap on them.
In its first six months, popular check-in service Foursquare grew from 200 users to about 1 million users--a milestone Twitter didn't reach for years . Now, the New York-based startup, which recently raised $20 million in venture capital funding, boasts more than 6.5 million users as it enters its second year. Foursquare's growth continues to buzz past Twitter's during the same development stages, but the question is whether it will have that hockey stick-like growth spurt that made services like Facebook and Twitter ubiquitous.
Today is October 16, 2011.
Before all the buzz and acquisition offers , Foursquare was just an idea in Dennis Crowley’s head. He recently sat down with Chris Dixon to tape an episode of Founder Stories .
in Share Foursquare’s website has taken on a new international focus today. It’s now available in all six languages supported by the apps: English, Spanish, German, French, Japanese and Italian.
Indoor location was discussed by Foursquare, Micello, aisle411, TCS, Skyhook, Glympse, and others at the GPS Wireless conference in San Francisco. Nokia talked about their precise indoor location technology based on Bluetooth, which IndoorLBS reported on last year (read here .) Nokia is now in trials in stores where Beacons throughout a store that leverage Bluetooth 4 can send signals to mobile devices with Bluetooth 4 and identify a user's location to within 10 centimeters.