Just when you thought the location check-in apps were getting old, the top services go and revamp their products to make them more interesting. Gowalla has recently introduced travel guides and stories, breaking away from the straight check-in and badges. This time it’s Foursquare introducing events – and this is a huge change!
With Foursquare events, users can be more specific about what they’re doing while they’re in a given location. For instance, if you’re at a popular concert venue you can say which concert you’re seeing; or if you’re at the movies you can let people know which movie you’re at. This gets to the heart of our personalities and tastes, allowing friends to connect more over mutual experiences. That, and it’s fun!
Cool Things To Do With Foursquare
So, if you’ve not played with Foursquare before (or for a while), you might want to refresh your knowledge of the Foursquare check-in service and some of the cool things you can do with it, like using other apps in conjunction with Foursquare to enhance it, automatically syncing Foursquare photos to Flickr and sharing your favourite Foursquare venues using Scoville.
Old-School Foursquare Event Hacks
The basic way people have previously been checking into events via Fourquare is a two-part process. To begin with, you check into the venue as per usual. Then, you follow that up with a shout of what you’re seeing. For instance, check into your local cinema and then type in “Pirates of The Caribbean” to make it clear which movie you are at.
For major events, some people have gone a step further and created a new venue including the event name. For instance, instead of checking into “Botanic Park” while you’re at a festival you’d check into “Womadelaide at Botanic Park” to make it clear that you’re a part of the Womadelaide event there.
But both of these methods are user hacks to do something Foursquare never used to do – That is, to check into events.
Foursquare’s Event Listings
Foursquare itself will now be pulling in information on major events ahead of time to ensure the event is already listed before people start to check in. To bring in the large event details to their database, Foursquare have teamed up with MovieTickets.com for movies, ESPN for sports and Songkick for concerts. These events will be available for check-ins from a few hours before the event begins.
As for functionality, the events are just like venues and you can do the same things with them, such as adding photos, giving tips and adding the event to your to-do list. The only real difference is that they’re more specific and this means your friends know more about what you’ve been doing with your time. Your friends are now able to learn about your movie taste and music taste instead of just which cinema and concert venues you visit the most.