The first form of “checking in” to different places was with the Geolocation service: Foursquare, and it has taken off with social media and the like. Foursquare allows you to share your location with friends and acquire points while working to become the leader on the leader board and eventually become mayor. It is played as a game between you and your friends and has no physical points but people still use this geolocation service.
The service allows you to accept and request friends through the application ava
ilable on Android and Iphone, which is predominantly how it is used. The service can also be used online, which can certainly aid its users in finding other Foursquare users. One of the major downfalls of finding people online is just as easy as it is to find people you know it is that much easier to find people you don’t know and vice versa.
Another aspect of this service is the specials that the users can acquire upon checking in to select locations. For example, Chili’s Grill and Bar allows its fans to receive chips and queso free of no charge, also there are a number of bars that allow free cover with a check in.
Foursquare also has artificial badges the users can unlock by checking in to different places. They have no real reward but it is intriguing just how much the users want to unlock these artificial badges. The users can also battle amongst each other to become mayor, because as soon as you become mayor there is no telling how long you will hold office.