Seeing as its FourSquare’s one year anniversary of launching at last year’s South by Southwest, it feels appropriate to detail some ways you can maximize your stalking potential. Two new programs that are based on Foursquare, Checkout Checkins and Meet Gatsby, allow you to trace your history better and even connect to others who are in your same vinicity.
In case you’re in the group of people who thinks this post is about an elementary school recess game, FourSquare is a web-based application that allows you to check into places on your phone. Whenever you go to a restaurant, a movie, whatever, you can check in on your phone, allowing loyal customers to eventually become the mayor of certain establishments they frequent regularly. Increasing numbers of restaurants and bars are offering special deals to mayors or patrons who show that they’ve “checked in” on FourSquare.
Checkout Checkins allows you to log into your Foursquare account and view graphs and maps that show the places you check in the most, the frequency of your visits to different neighborhoods (or if you’re a jetsetter, cities). It basically expands the data FourSquare already offers and presents it in pretty pictures (just like USA Today does to news). Meet Gatsby is significantly creepier. After you subscribe to the service and list your interests, whenever you check in on FourSquare, you’ll get a text notifying you about someone else nearby who has recently checked in and likes the same interests as you. If you’re inclined, you can reply to the text and it goes directly to their phone. Since trying this feature out, I’ve learned that “TV” and “movies” make for a some boring matches. Thankfully, my matches have never progressed beyond 1 reply.
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