I just got an email from Foursquare telling me that I am member #4,688,605. They say it’s something I can brag about to my grandkids as they cruise by on their hoverboards. Points for a sense of humor. I like that.
They then go on to tell me about some new features, which I am here to tell you about. First, for all you Blackberry fans, Foursquare 3.0 is now available. It comes with a slicker interface and includes the new Explore feature. Explore is now the best thing about Foursquare. By tapping an activity such as drinks or shops, the app automatically offers up the best choices in your area based on your prior check-ins and those of your friends.
The Blackberry update also includes access to daily deal sites and a leaderboard.
iPhone users also got an update this week. For them, it’s all about the notification tray which sends you a note when “relevant stuff happens.” Yes, that’s how they describe it.
For diehard users, these notifications make Foursquare even more like a game. Since it will tell you things like when you’ve lost the election for Mayor of a special spot. For everyone else, they’re more of a nuisance. For Foursquare, they’re another way of reminding you to use the app on a regular basis.
The email had that same effect on me. (I’m sure that was the plan.) I haven’t used Foursquare much of late, but I do like gamifying my daily life whenever possible, so I may have to spend more time checking-in the next time I’m out.