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October 19, 2009 / Raffy Pekson II

New Social Networking: Where Are You, and Can I Come Join You?

We all know what online social networks provide your network of family, friends and acquaintances: telling them what you’re doing right now. But, for a new breed of 20- and 30-something online denizens, they’re asking for more – like, where are you and, most importantly, can I come join you?

To answer this need, there is a fast-growing new social network that allows people to check-out where they are and recommend what to eat or drink, where to go, etc. It’s like a friend-finder, city guide and bar guide, all rolled into one. Introducing “Foursquare,” something new in the online social networking scene you may want to try.

The first thing you do in Foursquare is to load their mobile app into your iPhone or Android. However, for other kinds of phone, you’re best using their mobile website. SMS is also available but this type of service only works in the US.

People using Foursquare “check-in“, telling your friends your whereabouts. In turn, your friends, knowing where you are, can recommend you places to go to or things to do, whether you’re in a bar, mall, restaurant, cafe, park, at home or in the office. You can also create lists of favorite things to do or places to go. You can also check the faves and tips of others who left that city or place you’re currently. Every tip you and others create are discoverable by everyone in Foursquare.

I’m not really a “merit achiever” when it comes to cyberspace but Foursquare also lets you earn points like going to the same place twice or dragging your friends over. You can even become “Mayor” of a place you frequent unless someone tops your frequent visits.

Foursquare started with 12 cities and are now in 21, namely, Amsterdam, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas/Fort Worth, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City (MO), Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Montreal, New York City, Omaha, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Raleigh-Durham, Richmond, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Toronto, Vancouver and Washington D.C. You can recommend a new city to Foursquare, too.

There’s also a “don’t tell my friends” option if you check-in somewhere and want to be in cognito. Foursquare calls that “off the grid.” What for? You may be on special date or just don’t want people knowing where you are but still want to log it into Foursquare, collect points and earn badges.

Source: NY Times, Foursquare

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