A little something fun for you Foursquare / Swarm fanatics (like me). The foursquare checkin service makes available data feeds which can be handy for mashing up or sharing. Foursquare also notes that The iCal (ICS) and Google Calendar formats are especially nice for importing and displaying your entire Foursquare check-in history in your Calendar on your computer. Feeds are made available in RSS, KML, ICS, and GCAL formats. To access from a web browser simply login to your account and jump to https://foursquare.com/feeds/
I’m a big fan of social sharing, however, I’m also a huge fan of having access to my data, in particular, data shared along with location information. Most social sharing services support location tagging, however, they don’t really make it easy for you to access or even download your location history. That doesn’t mean it isn’t possible though! I’ve done a little digging into the popular services and have managed to find a number of hacks and tricks for accessing some of these data. One handy trick is enabled by using the very awesome IFTTT tool.
Cook up an IFTTT recipe to archive your location history from Foursquare! [Read more…] about Unlocking Your Social Media Location History
Ever ask yourself, “what ever happened with foursquare”? I’m pretty sure that I’m not the only one who has wondered what direction the company has gone with the once “must-have” social checkin tool – a while back I called the new service Yelpy!
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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.
Finally, someone has come up with an app that enables users of foursquare to checkin with a photo – in all honesty I think this has been a huge mistake and obvious lacking feature of foursquare that results in users getting bored. So finally, one developer decided to add that capability – enter SquarePik (search iTunes shop). What’s interesting here is that foursquare is a free app that’s gaining HUGE momentum but now we have a supporting app that can extend the functionality and this developer is likely going to make some decent $$. If anything this is another indication of just how the developer can make some cash via social media. Indeed there’s likely many ways to exploit the geo-centric capabilities and functionality of foursquare to create some cool functionality as well as a business model! See also what Mashable says about SquarePik