Is Foursquare the next Twitter? Now Charlotte can play
Posted on 20 Nov 2009 by Justin Ruckman
- online location-based game
- participants earn badges for checking in at places around town
- highest ranking user for a given place is its “mayor”
- active early adopter user base mirrors the early users of Twitter
Yesterday Foursquare, an online location-based game and social network, opened its doors to 50 new cities around the world. Previously the service was only available to a select handful of locations, including New York, San Francisco, and nearby Raleigh.
Now Charlotte can play. And for a number of reasons, there’s a lot of chatter speculating that Foursquare could soon be on its way to Twitter-like stardom. Why? For one, it’s got a core active user base very similar to what Twitter had some three years ago. It also shares with Twitter a number of prominent investors, including @Jack Dorsey of Twitter himself.
So what are you supposed to do anyway? It’s not centered around sharing updates, but it does update your Twitter for you if you want. The focus is logging your favorite haunts around town, competing with friends for who explores their city the most, filling up a top 12 list with your best tips and challenges for local adventures, and in turn trying out the tips and challenges of your friends. The more you interact, the more points you get. And the most active person at any given location is automatically crowned its “mayor”.
Sound silly? So did Twitter not too long ago. It remains to be seen how far this will go, but feel free to head over and make an account to try it for yourself. Post your profile in the comments so we can be sure to friend each other.