foursquare!

April 12, 2009

Today I’m going to talk to you about a new social networking app called foursquare. Why is it time for a new social networking app? Because MySpace sucks balls. Because Facebook is cool, but everyone’s on it now. Because Twitter is still a great way to express yourself, but now Barbara Walters is talking about it. I’m not saying we should stop using these tools, I’m just saying, well, it’s time to find the next thing that’s cool, the next thing that’s going to sweep the internets, you know, before everyone else knows about it, and suddenly it’s not cool anymore.

I would like to direct your attention to a new social networking app called foursquare. It’s like Britekite (which don’t worry, is still cool), in that you check-in to wherever you are. Your friends can see where you’re at and what you’re doing. The difference is that you get points for every check-in, every new place you visit, when you hit multiple stops, when you go out multiple nights in a row, and well, you get points for just about everything. It gives achievement points for you living your life, and well, that’s awesome. It’s also got great integration with Twitter, it’s got a great iPhone app, and it’s available RIGHT NOW in select cities (Seattle, New York, Boston, LA, etc).

My favorite part is that when you have more check-ins at a location than anyone else, you become the mayor of that place. For instance, I am the mayor of Nintendo, my 24 hour fitness, and the Target nearest to my house. I’m also in a neck-to-neck struggle with a certain Kristin C over the mayorship of Top Pot Doughnuts, and we seem to switch back and forth each day. Touche, Kristin C, who I’ve never actually met before… touche.

But, alas, like any good social networking doodad, it’s only as good as how many people you know who are using it, and right now? That’s three. Including Kristin C, who as I said, I’ve never actually met. So what I need from you is for you to sign up for foursquare, send me a friend request, and get to checking-in, pronto. HURRY, though, because it’s just a matter of time before someone talks about this thing on The View, and we have to move onto the next cool thing.