The new Foursquare Learns What You Like, Becomes More Yelpy!

So, here it is, foursquare (R8) with a completely new look and feel. I’m still poking around with it and trying to figure out what’s up with the app. I have to admit, it really does feel more personalized, this thanks to the learning about me that the app wants to initiate – right from the get-go after the update you’ll be promoted to tell foursquare all about your likes, I assume so the app can make relevant recommendations.

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Foursquare on iOS Gets Slim with a sleek New Design

Looks like Foursquare has gotten a little leaner and meaner in order to support the sleek, slim iPhone 5 and the loyal user base of fans. Foursquare has been completely redesigned for iOS 7 and there’s a lot to see. It’s smarter, faster, and has a whole new look. Some of the new functionality includes:

  • It’s smarter: When you arrive somewhere new, we tell you what you need to know (like the best thing to order or a money-saving special), even if you don’t open the app.
  • More of what’s nearby: We shuffle the deck every time you open the app so you don’t miss a thing. Just swipe to explore great tips
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Visualize Your Foursquare History via Time Machine from Foursquare and Samsung

Foursquare has teamed up with Samsung to launch what they’ve called the Time Machine. Simply put, Time Machine accesses your foursquare history to build and mashup a very creative and fun history of your foursquare checkins. Watch the screen as you view your entire history animated over a map. You’ll fly around to all the places you checked in, see colorful icons and statistics update on the screen – it really is quite cool! When finished you’ll be presented with a chance to see the “next big thing” which appears to be a specially curated, local list of places that you should go visit – I suspect these are paid ads judging by the stuff that I was shown. Optionally, you can share your stats or build a history graph compiled from your statistics, for me this was based on some 2000+ checkins made over the past 5 years – very cool!

The Time Machine took several minutes to complete for yours truly (this will vary depending on your history size) with the slowest step being the finally production of my history chart – this was painstaking but I suspect my pig of a PC gasping for free memory may be to blame!

See https://foursquare.com/timemachine and give it a go

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Hot Mobile Apps to Maximize Fun this Summer with Your Smartphone and iPad

Summer is a great time to load up on those handy mobile travel apps. Just in time for Memorial Day and the unofficial kick-off of summer, Sprint has shared a few tips for road warriors. Taking a road trip this summer? Here are some suggestions:

  • The TripIt trip planner helps you organize, plan and store all of your travel plans in one spot. Create a master travel itinerary with hotel, dining and shopping destinations, and access your itinerary planner on your mobile device – even share your updates on the road with friends.
  • Hotels.com app lets you browse more than 157,000 hotels in more than 60 countries, store favorites, track rewards and make reservations directly from the app. Whether traveling last minute or planning a family getaway, you can read reviews and get the best deal for your location.

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Exploring Foursquare with the Explore foursquare map

You may have checked in to a venue at some time in the past using foursquare, however, have you ever used the foursquare “explore” online map to explore venues in your area? You can use the service, powered by over 2,000,000 checkins –  by logging into your foursquare account (you do have an account right?) and then going to https://foursquare.com/explore.

The service should detect your approximate location and serve up a map that looks familiar to you. Then the fun starts…  now start exploring local hot spots like coffee shops, nightlife venues, shopping spots, popular restaurants, or “Top” picks. Optionally, you can view places that foursquare recommends, places where you’ve checked in, places that your friends have visited, or see places that are offering foursquare specials – very handy!  You can start exploring and get some great foursquare tips by visiting https://foursquare.com/explore

 

Social Tip – Add Business Hours to Foursquare

Foursquare for Biz… did you know that managers and owners of business listings can use the foursquare dashboard (provided they “own” their listing) to add details hours of operation to their listing, providing users who checkin with even more useful information at their finger tips… very nice! From the foursquare blog… You’ll even see specific times, like happy hour, kitchen hours, or free admission hours at museums.

Source: Business Hours Now on Foursquare

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Exploring Foursquare and Discovering Specials with the Explore foursquare map

You may have checked in to a venue at some time in the past using foursquare, however, have you ever used the foursquare “explore” online map to explore venues in your area? You can use the service, powered by over 2,000,000 checkins –  by logging into your foursquare account (you do have an account right?) and then going to https://foursquare.com/explore. The service should detect your approximate location and serve up a map that looks familiar to you. Then the fun starts…  now start exploring local hot spots like coffee shops, nightlife venues, shopping spots, popular restaurants, or “Top” picks. Optionally, you can view places that foursquare recommends, places where you’ve checked in, places that your friends have visited, or see places that are offering foursquare specials – very handy!  You can start exploring and get some great foursquare tips by visiting https://foursquare.com/explore

 

MapSocial (Beta) Real Time Mapping In Facebook

This week I’ve been messing around a bit with MapSocial, a new, real time mapping service for facebook (I’m also pleased to boast that I think I may have been one of the first public users of this cool service!) . The application is still in Beta, however, you are invited to jump in and create your own maps, share them with friends, and invite others to contribute.  Perhaps the first truly integrated mapping platform for facebook, the app is a great collaboration tool enabling teams to build a map or providing a clever way to take someone on a tour with you. To get started simply create a new map, you can then define the map parameters like the default basemap style, scale and center location. Then begin adding points and places along with custom symbology, descriptions, ratings, and more. The app gets really fun when you begin searching for places nearby and you can even search out foursquare places within a custom defined search area – this is really cool!!  You can register for map social at http://signup.mapsocial.net/ and see also https://apps.facebook.com/mapsocial/

MapSocial enables users to do the following:

  • Create custom maps by yourself or with friends
  • Search for maps from the Community
  • Share your maps with friends
  • Search for foursquare places nearby
  • Add points on the map with custom markers and display parameters
  • Include detailed descriptions with your places and include a photo
  • Select from a number of basemap styles and define the map extents and center point
  • Collaborate and communicate with others
  • Take your friends on a tour, attaching them to your location and showing them around the map
  • Much More!

Above you see my first map of Dog Friendly Places. You see my position on the map identified by my picture/icon, along with POIs that I’ve added of dog parks and dog friendly places and their descriptions. I can invite friends to contribute and much more.

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Livehoods – Neighborhood Boundaries Generated using foursquare Social Media Data

I’ve always been a huge fan of mapping neighborhoods and perceived neighborhood boundaries. These often subjective, invisible boundaries are very useful in many applications and in my mind a huge, untapped opportunity (ping me if you want to go into business!). This article from Fast Company looks at mapping and analyzing boundaries created from foursquare data called Livehoods (http://livehoods.org/) – the research effort by some keen Carnegie Mellon U mobile lab students (http://mcom.cs.cmu.edu/) analyzed 18 million Foursquare check-ins to spot algorithmic relationships between the spots people frequent. According to the work… “Livehoods looks at the geographic distance between venues, but also a form of `social distance’ that measures the degree of overlap in the people that check-in to them”.

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