Have you checked in yet? Mastering the social network Foursquare
Today’s leaders in the market of “Internet idleness” products are intertwined with each other very tightly, notifications and recordings fly through all social networks in a few minutes, and sometimes seconds. For example, interesting posts from LJ readers are broadcast to all friends, and you can always share your favorite material on any site with friends on any social network. The Foursquare resource also managed to win its share of popularity. Some experts predict him even greater fame in the global network. Goodluz, Shutterstock.com What is Foursquare? Foursquare (abbreviated from English “4sq”) is a social network with a function of rating public places (such as cafes, restaurants, cinemas, shops and much more). Less than a year ago, the function of the social network of this social network, which is mainly intended for work with mobile gadgets, was moved to a separate resource – SwarmApp. The new resource made it possible to mark your mood, as well as create a public to-do list. Declared your planned trip to a bar or water park will provide an opportunity to form a group of friends long before the event without any phone calls and SMS. It should be noted that this resource can be used not only by the owners of smartphones that have a built-in GPS navigator, but also by people with other mobile devices. The location of the latter is determined by the service LBS. A registered user via SMS or direct access to the website can leave a comment about a particular institution by checking in it (“check-in” means “check in”). Each mark gives the user points. In addition, some establishments, after the Foursquare social network became popular, began offering discounts to some people on SwarmApp to those who “checked in” on this resource (and since mid-May 2014). The creators of a relatively recent (in 2009) resource that has appeared are Naveen Selvadurai and Dennis Crawley. I will note that the latter, during the design of the social network Foursquare, already had experience with the development of such a resource. A couple of years after the first “check-in” on the service pages, the number of users exceeded the mark of eight million. What attracts users to become a member of this social network? With the help of the SwarmApp function of the geography (determining the location of other “endeavors”) you can find out where your friends and acquaintances are resting. It is very convenient – for example, you were in the center of the city and your plans failed, it was too late to call someone, but thanks to the resource you can easily find those who are already “hanging” somewhere nearby. A few months ago, it became possible, along with transferring a Foursquare to SwarmApp from Add-ons, to track nearby friends, even if an application was not launched. However, this is not the only advantage that is at the disposal of users of this resource. For “chekina” you can get free services or products, as well as discounts offered by the owners of some institutions. After all, people often broadcast their records to several social networks at once, and the mention of a cafe, cinema or shop is an excellent advertisement. Foursquare nowadays can be attributed to the indispensable services for the traveler – being in another city, among unfamiliar names and brands, it is difficult to determine which places to visit, and what better to refuse to go to. Thanks to tips from other users of the social network, you will learn more about unfamiliar cafes, museums and cinemas. In addition, this service will be an excellent helper for drawing up a route, as on the page of each institution you can find tips where visitors usually go further. What is required to become a Foursquare and SwarmApp user? Become a user of this social network is not difficult. You just need to download special applications for your mobile gadget, fill in a simple questionnaire (it is better to attach a photo as well) and launch it, the rest will be done for you by the application. Just do not forget to press the “check-in” button on the phone screen every time you enter one of the establishments. Note that in addition to the advantages listed above, there are some more interesting “chips” available to regular users of this social network: Merstom If a SwarmApp user has checked in more than two months for a particular institution more than others, he is given the title of mayor of this place. This honorary “position” can be assigned to several users of the application at once. Stickers After transferring the function of the seat from Foursquare to SwarmApp, the receipt of badges (which were given for certain actions) was canceled. These promotions were replaced by stickers — small icons that tell other users about your mood and occupation. And, finally, I will reveal to you one secret and refute the opinion that the social networks are not serious.