Sunday, November 18, 2012

Happy Birthday foursquare!

OK, its a bit belated, but foursquare announced their fourth birthday on Friday. In celebrating their birthday  foursquare decided to go a bit retro and shared a couple of screenshots of their original 2008 prototype app.

foursquare birthday

Happy birthday foursquare. Its hard to believe it has only been four years!

How To: Unlock the Hoxton Hero foursquare Badge

This week foursquare launched another United Kingdom-only badge, continuing a month of heavy focus on the UK and London, in particular. 

To unlock the new Hoxton Hero badge, all you have to do is check-in to venues in London's Hoxton and East London areas. You will then earn your shiny new badge and see the following message:
From Shoreditch to Shadwell, Bethnal Green to Bow – congrats! You’ve conquered London’s east. Now then, don’t you have a coffee tasting to get to? Fix up, look sharp!
This new badge follows a slew of UK-centered foursquare efforts including the Love My Local, High Tea and Hope for Homeless badges

How To: Unlock the Pret Hope for Homeless foursquare Badge

foursquare and Pret a Manger launched a badge this week that embraces this season of giving. 

To unlock the new Hope for Homeless badge, all you have to do is follow Pret on foursquare and then check into one of their United Kingdom locations. You will then earn your shiny new badge and see the following message:
Thanks for checking in and helping Pret A Manger reach its goal of £300,000, to go toward breaking the cycle of homelessness. Seasons Greetings!
For every check-in, Pret will donate 5p to homeless charities with a goal of donating £300,000 for the campaign.

Good luck and enjoy your sandwich(es)!

How To: Unlock the foursquare Love My Local and High Tea Badges


foursquare is showing a little love to our friends across the pond with the new United Kingdom-only Love My Local and High Tea badges.

To earn each badge, all you have to do is check-in to the same UK pub three times (to earn Love My Local) and any UK tea room between 4-5pm UK time (for High Tea).
foursquare love my local badge

The Love My Local messages states:
That’s 3 check-ins at the same pub in the UK! Nothing tops an evening with friends at your local boozer – except, perhaps, your friends buying all the rounds. One more before last orders?
and the High Tea badge says:
foursquare High Tea badge
Biscuits. Scones. Jam. Whether it’s Devonshire cream or Earl Grey with lemon, one should always pair it with Victoria Sponge and cucumber sandwiches (no crusts, natch). Chin chin!


Sunday, November 11, 2012

How To: Unlock the New England Patriots foursquare Badge

New England Patriots foursquare badge
foursquare launched a badge this week that I am really looking forward to unlocking. They are rewarding New England Patriots Fans (like me) for their team loyalty with foursquare's latest National Football League badge. 

All you have to do to earn the New England Patriots foursquare badge is like the Patriots' foursquare page and then check-in to a venue where the Patriots are playing. You will then earn your shiny new badge and see the following message:

This is our house. These are my people, mister, this is my town. This is our house. Ain’t nobody know we’re gonna knock it down. GO PATS!
Good luck and Go Pats!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

How To: Unlock the foursquare "I Voted" Election 2012 Badge

I Voted foursquare Badgefoursquare announced the launch of their "I Voted" app this week. The app uses the Google Civic Information API to provide users with information about polling places, the candidates and any additional ballot questions.

In conjunction with the app launch, the social network also announced the return of the I Voted foursquare badge.

All you have to do to earn the I voted foursquare badge is check-in to your polling location and include the comment #ivoted.

There are many, many races that are neck-and-neck going into this last weekend of campaigning. We have seen in the past that every single voted counts and this year seems like it will be no different. Get out there and vote everyone!

Friday, October 26, 2012

How To: Unlock the Halloween foursquare Badges

Halloween foursquare badges
foursquare announced today that they've issued three new badges to commemorate Halloween 2012. The location-based social network was a bit cryptic in their blog post about how to unlock each of the three badges. Here is my best effort at translating their post:
  1. Halloween badge #1 can be unlocked now by mentioning "Happy Halloween" in a check-in.
  2. Halloween badge #2 seems to be some sort of mini-swarm badge that is unlocked by checking in to a place with more than 10 other users checked to at the same time. It is unclear if you have to mention Halloween in your check-in, but might as well to be sure you get your badge.
  3. Halloween badge #3 is the toughest to figure out. It is clear that it can only be unlocked on Halloween  (Wednesday, 10/31), but the foursquare post alludes to taking pictures of the best costumes you see, and since foursquare has made photo check-ins a priority lately, it wouldn't surprise me if taking a picture had something to do with earning this badge.
That's all we know about the badges so far. I have seen a few Twitter friends earn the first badge tonight, so that one is definitively live.
I will update this post over the next few days as I hear more about the badges. If you hear more about these badges, please leave a comment below and let us all know!