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Foursquare has revamped its popular badge system in an effort to increase user engagement and encourage exploration. Starting Monday, Foursquare's core 24 category badges will begin leveling up based on users' checkins. A numerical icon now appears on the bottom right of badges such as "JetSetter," "Wino" and "Great Outdoors", indicating how often users have checked in to places related to those badges. "It's rewarding exploration and awarding expertise," says Foursquare Head of Product Alex Rainert.
Nov 14th Some badges are fun and some are frivolous , but the ones that get us most excited are the ones that reflect real-world feats, like mastering the pizza circuit or keeping print alive . Those are the badges that represent who you are and what you know best. And, the more you unlock, the more your Trophy Case becomes a reflection of your real-world expertise. That’s why we’re introducing expertise badges (that level!)
by Chaunce Dolan on Wednesday, February 17th, 2010
Hot in the heels of my Foursquare Fatigue post, the HISTORY channel in the UK has launched an initiative with Foursquare to help people uncover 600 historic sites in London. I attended the launch this morning at the tower of London (and in doing so picked up the HISTORY ♥ London badge ). Tom Davidson, who is Managing Director of the HISTORY channel’s parent company AETN UK explained that they had decided to follow the lead of their US team and launch a Foursquare partnership in London. They have put together 600 tips for a range of locations across London, some iconic, as well as some of the city’s best kept secrets. First you need to follow the HISTORY channel on Foursquare, then after 4 check-ins to one of the venues linked to the HISTORY channel Foursquare tips, you will receive a HISTORY ♥ London badge .
A PhD student named Anil Bawa-Cavia has created some lovely visualisations of the data from location-based social network Foursquare , showing where the greatest activity in London is in a number of different categories. Bawa-Cavia created the maps as part of his research into cities at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London. He sifted through the city's Foursquare checkins, and then broke down the results into different categories. For example, the nightlife map is well distributed among a number of venues, with the Hospital Club proving the most popular check-in location. There are far fewer arts venues, however, with the O2 arena proving the most popular.
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in Share Foursquare’s Local badge â€” one of the original core badges â€” rewards users who’ve checked in three times at the same place in a week. Tonight foursquare released a new badge that takes it to a whole new level, Century Club .
in Share For months, foursquare for WebOS developer Geoff Gauchet has been waging a campaign to convince foursquare to introduce a badge for Mardi Gras . Tonight it appears his efforts have paid off. Fat Tuesday is still a few weeks away, but Mardi Gras celebrations and preparations are already in full swing in New Orleans, and for those who are participating, there’s now a Mardi Gras foursquare badge. It’s not clear exactly what it will take to earn your own Mardi Gras badge, but I have a feeling it’s a little more complicated (albeit less demeaning) than earning beads on Bourbon Street.