3 Tips To Make Foursquare More Useful

by admin on December 28, 2011

I’ve started using Foursquare a lot more recently. This is due in part to the fact that more people at work are using it and we make kind of a big deal out of being mayor of the office or having more check-in points. However, none of us are using Foursquare to it’s full potential and one of the big things that makes Foursquare more social is lists. Think about all the sites that have lists and how useful they are. You have Amazon where people make lists of their favorite albums, favorite authors, favorite books etc. You can even make wishlists. On Yelp, you can make lists of your favorite Vietnamese restaurants, places to go on a first date, free things to do in a city etc. Foursquare can serve the same sorts of purpose. It could be a very valuable thing for people who are traveling and can even be used as an educational tool of sorts. But if you make a list, don’t you want to get noticed? Here are some tips to help make that happen.

1. Be different There hundreds of lists devoted to “stadiums”, “best burgers in Atlanta”, “best BBQ”. Why not do something else. What about Chad Elkins who has a list of movie filming locations in Georgia? There you can find places where shows like Walking Dead are filmed, where scenes from Forest Gump were filmed and all sorts of interesting places like that. Oakland Cemetery has a Gone with the wind list that features such places as Oakland Cemetery where Margaret Mitchell is buried and her house where she wrote the book. On an educational note, a list about a historical figure such as MLK or JFK could be interesting. Places they lived, visited, could be put on the lists. I plan on making a list about NYC, where I lived for a while. It’s going to be a list of places you should go that are way cooler than all the places you’re “supposed” to go when you’re a tourist in the city.

2. Focus on local spots On a list about restaurants for instance, don’t put places that are everywhere such as Chili’s, Applebee’s and things like that. Have local flavor. Include unique things that you don’t find everywhere. I pass over lists with chains and I’m betting most other people do too.

3. Include Tips and Pictures Pictures get a lot of attentions in foursquare. In fact, the list discovery page on Foursquare is completely picture driven. Tips can give users a more complete picture of the places you think people should go. Both of these things together are invaluable.

Do you have any tips? What are some of your favorite lists? Tell me in the comments!


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