FourSquare North! FourSquare Hits Vancouver BC Canada

Yay, FourSquare is Coming to Vancouver on Sept 9, 2009. Go get the iPhone App now. Watch for free foursquare swag on the week of the 9th around Vancouver. Chris Breikss of 6S writes “Foursquare developers describe it as “50% friend finder, 30% social city guide, 20% nightlife game.” You allows you to “check-in” at various locations in your city using your GPS enabled mobile device. This could be at GM Place for a concert, Medina Cafe for breakfast, or the YVR airport on your way out of town.”
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foursquare aims to encourage people to explore their neighborhoods and then reward people for doing so. We do this by combining our
friend-finder and social city guide elements with game mechanics – our users earn points, win mayorships and unlock badges for trying new places and revisiting old favorites.

In the past few months we’ve seen local businesses encouraging users to show their phones to servers and cashiers as a way to prove their loyalty to a particular place.

“Foursquare says you’ve been here 10x? That’s a free drink for you!”

“Foursquare has deemed you the mayor (aka you’ve been here more than any other user)? Enjoy this free order of french fries.”

We’ve seen venues promote their involvement with foursquare via Twitter, signs at cash registers and sidewalk blackboards. We’re just starting to make these specials “official” by including them in our mobile apps and on our website.
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