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Got a Smart Phone? Heading to Vegas? Get Foursquare!

By MikeE on Tuesday, 16th March 2010 4:45am
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Foursquare and Gowalla are essentially the same thing: websites with mobile apps allowing users to "check in" to physical places they're currently at. The places are announced to your network of friends and can further be published to your Twitter and/or Facebook accounts. Dinner at Robuchon? Check on in. Drinks afterwards at Planet Hollywood? Let the world know. Heading to a ranch in Pahrump instead of going to bed? Double check to make sure your wife/girlfriend/boss/students haven't befriended you and check on in. It's partly fun, partly amusing, mostly stalker-ish, but in the case of Foursquare, an especially valuable tool.

You see, both sites promote a little friendly competition between visitors. Gowalla emblazons your name as the founder of the specific spot you were the first to create and check in to, but Foursquare takes it even further with merit "badges" for habitual users and "mayorship" for those that frequent the same spots often.

Okay, okay. I know. It all sounds very stupid, but hear me out.

Foursquare has got mayor specials offering deals for those that frequent the same spot or simply use the app. And no, it's not a free deck of cards but some rather valuable goodies. The offers in Las Vegas as of this writing include free champagne at Blush inside Wynn, two all-access nightclub passes to all of Palms' offerings for mayors, a 2-for-1 buffet at the Hilton, and 2-for-1 drinks at Tropicana's celebration lounge.

It's not much yet, but as Gowalla also gets up to speed, expect to see more and more of these rewards on the horizon.



Comments & Discussion:

Something tells me that Chuckmonster is especially fond of this type of thing. :)

Don't like the concept behind these services myself, tried BrightKite back when that was new and the whole thing is just too creepy.

I thought I'd write something funny here while panning it, but that seemed particularly troll-ish, so I'll just put this instead: -1

@brian how's that mpel stock doing?

I signed up for 4square and decided to pass, I don't have a problem tweeting where I'm at, but checking in, etc, seems excessive. Sounds like they have some nice promos going on with it though, which isn't a bad thing, but I doubt it's something I'll do at some point.

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