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Foursquare is a location-based social networking website, software for mobile devices, and game. Users "Check-in" at venues using text messaging or a device specific application. They are then awarded points and sometimes "badges." The service was created by Dennis Crowley and Naveen Selvadurai; Crowley had previously founded the similar project Dodgeball which Google bought and shelved in 2009.

Foursquare allows registered users to connect with friends and update their location. Points are awarded on weekends and non-business hours for "checking in" at venues. Users can choose to have their Twitter accounts updated when they check in. In version 1.3 of their iPhone application, Foursquare enabled push-notification of friend updates, which they call "Pings." Users can earn badges by checking in at locations with certain tags or for check-in frequency. The company has stated that users will be able to add their own custom badges to the site in the future. If a user has checked-in to a venue more than anyone else, on separate days, and they have a profile photo, they will be crowned "Mayor" of that venue, until someone else earns the title. Users can create a "To Do" list for their private use and add "Tips" to venues that other users can read.

Foursquare is now available worldwide.

Foursquare currently has iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry applications and is working on an application for the Palm Pre.
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review by . December 04, 2009
A Way-Too-Addicting GeoLocation-Based App
When I heard about the concept of foursquare several months before I purchased my first smartphone, I knew that this mobile app was right up my alley.  I was already a twitterholic and tweeting my activities and whereabouts on the go, so how cool would it be if there were an app that could document this for me?  Furthermore, there's a little competitive spirit in foursquare in that you can become "mayor" of the places that you visit the most, and you have the ability to add friends …
Quick Tip by . June 08, 2010
I'm really tired of seeing where all these people go to lunch everyday...
Quick Tip by . May 31, 2010
I like foursquare because it brings an element of play to my day - favorite part is battling the husband for the mayorship of the house =)
Quick Tip by . April 10, 2010
foursquare summary and quick tip :) xc
Quick Tip by . April 05, 2010
Great way to find discounts and a wonderful tool for promoting PR and marketing events.
Quick Tip by . March 12, 2010
Interface is not that good. Gowalla seems better.
Quick Tip by . March 10, 2010
I'm not digging @foursquare's new colors. It looks all boy'ish now. Please bring the purple back!
Quick Tip by . March 08, 2010
Foursquare is a great location-based service and mobile social network for the iPhone. Love using it to stalk my friends
Quick Tip by . March 06, 2010
If used carefully, it can be a pretty fun, social gaming app!
Quick Tip by . December 04, 2009
Fantastic marketing tool for businesses. Mayor deals provide great incentives to check out new places!
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