Do you use foursquare?

Are you familiar with foursquare? It’s a new-ish social networking website that allows you to track places you visit, and keep up on where your friends are. You can download the app to your iPhone, Blackberry, or Android, and connect with friends. The service can link with your facebook and twitter accounts to share your location with others.

Foursquare allows you to compete with other users to become “mayor” of a place–if you’ve visited somewhere more than anywhere else, you become mayor. And users collect “badges” for achieving such milestones as visiting 5 different airports (Jetsetter) and going out four nights in a row (Bender). You can even read or leave tips for others using the site, like my suggestion to get the Spruce Street or any of the chicken cutlet sandwiches at Taylor. Read more about the basics here.

FourthandEye and I are both on foursquare, and it seems to be picking up popularity in DC. Social Media website Mashable claims that foursquare may be the next Twitter, even calling it “The Twitter of 2010″. The site also reported a recent collaboration between foursquare and TV network Bravo.

Do you use foursquare? Have you had any interesting experiences (i.e. met up with a friend because you found out they were nearby, or tried something new at your favorite restaurant) as a result?

Below are a few of the landing pages on foursquare for local businesses:

City Vista

Chinatown/7th Street

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    FourthandEye says

    I do use foursquare. Just one of many smartphone apps you can use to occupy a little time when your waiting in line somewhere, for your Taylor hoagie to be prepared, or you friends to arrive at the bar. But I don’t really see it becoming remotely close to the next Twitter unless they manufacture more reason to check-in. These badges will never have broad appeal to the masses. The mashable article suggests the company has aims to integrate with other social media and offer more. The sooner the better if they are to succeed…

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    seems a little ‘big brother’ to me. I feel you become mayor of a place when everybody knows your name (i.e. like Cheers) even if you can’t tell people what to do.

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    Jason says

    I think “Big Brother” applies in cases where you are being watched without consent. Social media is opt-in. If you can select what you share it doesn’t feel intrusive to me.

    This discussion made me wonder what Twitter’s business model is. How does a free service with no ads make money?