Foursquare is an online tool that tracks your movements through a city. By connecting you with friends and rewarding you for visiting new places, foursquare attempts to add some fun to being in the city. The first thing a user must do is create a profile on the website. This consists of a name, email address, and, most importantly, your cell phone number. By using this profile, you can make use of foursquare in two ways.
First, foursquare helps you connect with friends who may be near you in the city. By texting your whereabouts to the website, you are â€œchecking-in.â€ By also keeping track of where your friends are â€œchecking-in,â€ foursquare can alert you when you are close to each other. This is useful if youâ€™re not on a schedule and would like to spontaneously meet up with friends.
Secondly, foursquare provides a competitive atmosphere in which to explore the city. Each time you go to a location of interest within the city, you notify foursquare and write a quick phrase detailing your visit. Every time you do this, your profile is awarded points. The website will soon be keeping track of point-leaders, crowning those who are the most active. Additionally, every listed location within the city is placed into a category such as â€œRestaurantâ€ or â€œPark.â€ By accruing many visits to locations within a certain category you can earn a â€œbadgeâ€ for it. These games essentially exist to incentivize exploring a city.
Currently, the site is operating in 21 major US cities as well as Vancouver and Amsterdam. The website relies on users to add locations to their index for each city. Overall, the siteâ€™s main draw is not the practical information it has regarding a city but rather the excitement it adds to being active. The most redeeming feature I found on the website was the ability to look up a location within a city and find comments and advice from people who had very recently been there. Despite seeming to be catered to young adults, it could also be a rewarding way to keep track of the things you do each day, kind of like an online diary.