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In a blog post today , location-based app foursquare (yes, intentionally no capital F apparently) announced a new feature specifically for iOS5 called ‘Radar’. A lot of app makers are creating new features that take advantage of all of Apple’s new iOS5 functionality, and foursquare was quick out of the gates to announce its own. The update for foursquare is not on the Apple App Store yet, as we’re sure that the company is inundated with new app updates for today’s iOS5 public launch.
Over their history, Foursquare has been an iPhone-first company. The app initially launched on the iPhone back in 2009, and new features have typically rolled out to iPhone first. But with a new feature today, Foursquare has shaken things up, going Android (and web) first. The new feature is a nice one: Notifications . Unlike the push notifications for check-ins you’re used to seeing on the Foursquare mobile apps, these new Notifications focus on other activities on Foursquare “beyond the check-in”. That means things like comments on check-ins and photos, alerts when friends sign up, alerts about tips, alerts when you’re ousted as mayor, swarming alerts, etc.
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. Or check in to a stadium and shout ‘Patriots game’ or ‘Lady Gaga concert.’ Sometimes, people will even create a new venue, like ‘U2 at the Meadowlands,’ to make sure they share the concert with all their friends.
The board game Risk, in which players maneuver plastic armies on a map in order to achieve "world domination," has firmly occupied one corner of nerdom for about 50 years. Foursquare stationed itself in another more tech-oriented corner of that same kingdom about two years ago. Now, at last, the two categories of nerdom meet. " World of Fourcraft " uses Foursquare and Google Maps APIs to turn New York City into a giant game of Risk. Users decide which team they are on by swearing allegiance to one of New York City's five boroughs. Checking into a neighborhood on Foursquare is the online game's equivalent to placing plastic man on a country in the board game.
And of those that have heard of them over two-thirds don't use them, the main reason being they see little value in doing so, found Dubit's survey of 1,000 youngsters in the UK aged between 11 and 18. Facebook Places is the service most British teens recognize and use, not surprising given half the UK population has a Facebook account. Almost half (44%) had heard of Facebook Places whereas 27% had heard of Foursquare. Gowalla (1%) and Scvngr (less than 1%) barely registered with them. Of the 52% who were aware of the existence of geo-location services over half (58%) couldn't see the point and 45% didn't feel safe using them. While businesses concentrate on using geo-location services to distribute special offers and advice, this isn't what British youngsters want.
While we don’t have any actual numbers yet from Facebook Places, it seems that Foursquare is stll the reigning king of the checkin. During yesterday’s annual Foursquare Day , the service saw its largest day yet, with 3,073,635 checkins according to a tweet from Foursquare founder Dennis Crowley: Oh Foursquare. It seems like only yesterday that we were reporting on the news of passing 1 million in a day.
Here at 4sqDay headquarters we are very fond of hyperbole. We love to throw around terms like epic and awesome and mind-blowing . However, I can say that what you see below is truly the most amazing infographic that I have ever seen – and I can say it with a straight face. In one glance it brings together the amazing global activity of 4sqDay and also the personal creativity and emotion of the local events. A super-shoutout goes to Chris Thompson of our partner About Foursquare for the art work. We all appreciate the time and effort that he puts in to the foursquare scene and this is but one very cool visual example.
Saturday April 16th was not just officially recognized as " Foursquare Day" by fourteen different cities this year, including the company's home base of New York City , but it also marked the busiest day the service has ever recorded, with more than three million checkins around the world - the first time this number has been achieved. To give an idea to the magnitude of this achievement, in March of 2010, the company announced its biggest day ever was 275,000 checkins , making Saturday's mark more than 1,000% higher. The number was calculated by Foursquare's Harry Heymann , shared by founder Dennis Crowley on Twitter, and repeated by Siobhan Quinn and other team members.
Apr 14th Fourteen cities have officially recognized this Saturday’s foursquare day (4/16), but this one is the most special for us – our amazing community of users has convinced our hometown Mayor to declare a foursquare holiday in New York City. Mayor Bloomberg (not to be confused with the Mayor of our office, front-end engineering intern David ), swung by our headquarters earlier today to hand-deliver the proclamation. The Mayor was excited because foursquare is a fast-growing business sprung from his city, and there are over 7,500 other local New York businesses (and a quarter million globally) finding new customers every day on foursquare.
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Foursquare Day is all about using foursquare and social media generally to explore your neighborhood. As we showed last year, foursquare’s reach is truly global. Thousands of people all over the world came together in just a few weeks to celebrate Foursquare Day.
We came across a nifty little tool this week that creates an infographic from your Foursquare data. Built by Stormpixel Studios at a Foursquare Hack Day event in February, the tool creates a simple infographic that displays a world map; your checkin, network and tip counts; your badges; your checkins by category, such as travel, or arts and entertainment; the number of coffees you have consumed and more. (My coffee count says one. Somehow it must have known all those Starbucks checkins were for tea and bananas.) Try it out for yourself at fourgraph.me .