Check in around town and compete for bragging rights. You can even get freebies and discounts for your loyalty.
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Before Facebook had places, hundreds of thousands of people were checking into the location-based app foursquare, which announces where you are via Facebook and Twitter status updates.
The app is a sort of social networking game in which you compete with other users to become mayor of popular public places like Starbucks, the bank, or your favorite Thai restaurant, or lesser-known locations like the bus stop and even your own apartment. Visit any location the most times in a given period and you reign supreme. What’s even better than becoming mayor, though, is that when you show off your new title to some businesses, you’ll receive freebies and discounts for your loyalty.
Foursquare also awards badges for different “accomplishments,” such as the Adventurer badge (for checking into 10 different venues), the BFF badge (for checking in 10 different times with the same person), and the Warhol badge (for checking into multiple art galleries).
This app can be a lot of fun, but it’s not for everyone. Think of it this way: It’s just like politics. If you value your privacy, you don’t want to be mayor.
Reviewed: May 23, 2011 | Caitlin M. FoytAlso featured on: Best iPhone Apps of 2012…So Far, Also featured on: Mobile App Standouts at SXSW 2012
This app is included in a scenario called 4 Ambient Social Location Apps for Finding People Around You