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Foursquare v1.9.10 for BlackBerry now available for download. You can now hit the Foursquare download page to grab version 1.9.10. Only a few changes this time around but, Foursquare also made not in their email to us that in the coming weeks they have a few surprises that they will be rolling out to users. It may take some time for it to show up for everyone in BlackBerry App World so, be sure to use the direct link listed below if you simply cannot wait. You can also try refreshing BlackBerry App World. Following are the changes in v1.9.10:
- Improved tip/todo management
- Users can now call a business straight from the venue page.
- Nearby specials screen now lets you jump to that venue.
- Improved battery life and performance.
Without a doubt, Foursquare was one of the top mobile sensations of 2010. Not only are people obsessed with the ability to check-in to the places that they visit and share that information with others, but businesses are also doing what they can to be a part of the action. In addition to basic check-ins, Foursquare also now enables their users to share pictures with their check-ins, and this visual component makes the data even more interesting. Of course, if you take some really great pictures, you probably don’t want them to be stuck in the Foursquare ecosystem. With FlickSquare, you can also post them on Flickr automatically.
This tool is a great example of what can be done when fans of services like Foursquare see an opportunity to make them even better. By simply following a few steps to connect your Foursquare and Flickr accounts with FlickSquare, you’ll be able to watch your check-in pictures get posted on Flickr right after they’re posted on Foursquare. If you have a Flickr account, then it’s probably your main hub for pictures that you take, so this connection makes a lot of sense.
On Nov 18th we talked about Applications Built on Foursquare API on 4SqCHAT. I think that it’s exciting to find new ways to use foursquare, and its awesome that people are taking the time to build off of an amazing product. The people at EatDrink.it are trying to do to restaurants and food what Untappd has done with beer. EatDrink.it wants users to like or dislike, plus specific feedback on individual menu items at restaurants. EatDrink.it took your Foursquare check in to the next level to what did you eat there and did you like it, but they didn’t stop there. When another EatDrink.it user check ins to the restaurant venue, the collective feedback data is shared with other users to provide tailored menu reviews. EatDrink.it is curently in Beta (sign up here), but it’s app’s like this that makes “Check in fatigue” go away.
It’s a very simple idea: users pick a political party they want to “vote” for with their check-ins. Every time you check-in, you cast a vote for your party, and GeoPollster tracks which party has the most votes in each state, venue, and category of venue. The app gives added weight to mayors and users with lots of badges.
While the site presents this as a serious polling resource, this is obviously for entertainment purposes only — the results tell us more about the politics of Foursquare/GeoPollster users than about the states and venues in question.
But if Foursquare, Facebook Places, and other location-based services ever achieve mainstream adoption, check-in analytics could become extremely valuable. The obvious applications have to do with marketing, but GeoPollster is a good example of how widely useful that sort of data could be.
Foursquare apparently quietly rolled out its Symbian app a few weeks ago, and according to a blog post today, the app has, “seen a tremendous response – it’s shot up the ranks of the Ovi store…” Ok, so…yay?
We know that Symbian is still used widely around the world, and Nokia sells more handsets than anybody, but as excited as Foursquare sounds in its blog post, and as excited as Nokia almost certainly is, it certainly is telling that the title of Foursquare’s blog post today was “foursquare for Symbian is finally here”, like even they are kind of surprised.
That said, there is one kind of cool thing about the app that Foursquare shared – on Symbian, users can have a homescreen widget that shows “an always-present snapshot of your friends’ recent check-ins” which sounds like a nice touch, and sounds like it would make a pretty cool Android widget as well.
Yes, you read that title correctly. WhereTheLadies.At is, indeed, a thing that exists. Before you get start joking around, let’s be honest. Checking in all the time on Foursquare has earned you nothing but Mayorships and a free slice of pizza every once in a while. Well, that’s about to change.
This Foursquare API-based web app (the iPhone app, which is literally a giant compass pointing towards said ladies, is coming soon) was founded by Danny Trinh and Jeff Hodsdon of Path and Digg, respectively. What allegedly started as a joke is now getting major traffic and looking to expand (WTLA currently only works in San Francisco) to other major cities.
So how’s this thing work?
No, it’s not just the Old Spice guy texting you where to go, it actually runs on Foursquare’s API. WTLA looks at the first names of people who have recently checked in to determine if a user is a male or female and displays locations where a high volume of girls have checked in. The concept is that if a few ladies have checked in, it’s likely that more ladies will also be at that location.
While this method may produce a slight margin of error, it’s probably fairly accurate in determining where you may find ladies. However, it likely wouldn’t work in the opposite way–looking for men. That’s because WTLA counts on the male-centric user base of Foursquare, where a female check-in stands out.
Follow WTLA on Twitter for updates on when they’ll be rolling out to your area.
Ever try a beer and like it, then a week later you want to order it again but can’t remember the name? Beerby is a new app for iPhone and Android (coming soon) that aims to make it easier to track the beers you and your friends drink to help jog your alcohol-fogged memory later. When you add a beer to your list, it asks for your location and automatically checks you in on foursquare.
The Beerby database contains more than 30,000 beers or you can add your own. You can add your comments about each beer, but unfortunately there’s no way to simply rate them.
When you tie a beer to a location you’re automatically checked in on foursquare and it adds it to the Beerby database to help you and other users find that beer later. The database will grow over time as more users track their beers. When you browse the map of nearby bars, you can see which beers other users have tried there or you can search by beer to see a map of bars where people have found it previously.
Beerby plays off the idea of foursquare’s badges by offering “badgers.” You unlock them for reaching certain achievements. The “Silver Mullet,” for example, is unlocked after you’ve tracked 24 Coors Lights.
Spotted at About Foursquare
Future Checkin, a new iPhone app, hit the app store today and aims to fix all that. It uses iOS4’s background location features to check you in automatically when you’re near your favorite venues. This offers a huge change from the checkin culture we’ve become accustomed to and will be a very welcome app for many foursquare users.
After logging in to your foursquare account, you add venues to your list of favorites either by searching nearby venues or from your checkin history. The app then sits in the background and when you get close (within 300 meters) to venues you’ve marked as favorites , you’ll be automatically checked in.
In the settings you’ll find a kill switch that can turn off the app completely, along with options for checking in automatically to your favorites or your recent history. The latter option, as it implies, will automatically check you in to venues you’ve been to recently. You can also toggle notifications, which show the iPhone’s push notifications when you’ve been checked in automatically. Additionally you have an option to adjust the frequency at which the app checks the GPS, offering a tradeoff between greater accuracy and better battery life.
Developer Tim Sears tells TechCrunch that he hopes to add Gowalla checkins to the app once they open up their API, which will hopefully happen within a week. This would make it even more useful, since checking in on two (or more) services only increases the checkin fatigue.
This is a great app for foursquare power users who regularly visit the same venues. For new places, you’ll still need to check in the old fashioned way, which is good because you have the ability to see tips people have left. The biggest disadvantage I see to the app — other than a potentially fast battery drain — is losing the ability to see “who’s here” each time you check in.
The app is on sale this week at 99 cents — 50% off the regular price — so download it today and let us know if it improves your checkin experience.
Here’s a video by Sears that shows Future Checkin in action:
Spoted at: About Foursquare
Foursquare is all about helping you find new ways to explore the city. Up until now you’ve been able to do that by checking in to venues and adding friends. Several cities have built networks to help Foursquare users connect with each other, earn badges, and connect with businesses locally. Now it’s time to unlock new territory – The World. We believe that Foursquare will be more fun by connecting and learning from its users, fans, fanatics, and addicts…. you. Everyone has an important perspective to share.
That’s where #4SqCHAT comes in. Every Monday from 9-10P EDT (see below for other time zones) we’ll chat up Foursquare on Twitter. Every week’s chat will have a topic announced on @4SqINDY’s twitter page.
We want you to hear from you!
We recommend joining the chat on tweetchat.com/room/4sqchat by signing in and connecting to your Twitter, FaceBook, or LinkedIn account. You could also follow the hashtag by searching for it on twitter. Either way – we hope you join in on the conversation.
We’ll post the transcript of the chat on this site the next day. One lucky participant from #4SqCHAT will also be featured in a special shout out the next day on Twitter.
See you Monday! In the meantime, keep checking in!
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We lost our transcripts (below) when WTHashtag.com went down. Sorry! Curious to learn more or repeat a topic. Let us know!
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