Memorial Day Weekend is just around the corner! Whether you’re staycationing in your city (aka counting down the hours until the Arrested Development premier), or taking a trip out of town, Foursquare’s here to help you make the most of it.
Find a hiking trail, ice cream spot, or BBQ joint you’ve never been to before.
Don’t forget you’ve still got all of Saturday to enjoy (and probably Monday, after your episode-watching binge). Open up Explore to find fun things to do and eat. Try searching “sights” and filter by places you haven’t checked in before to discover new parks, hiking trails, and scenic spots. Then search for “ice cream” or “frozen banana” to find a treat for after.
Heading out of town? Check out the Best of Foursquare to find people’s most-loved spots.
We’ve analyzed our tips, likes, and over 3.5 billion check-ins from our 33 million-strong community to find the most-loved restaurants, nightlife, museums, and sights across the country. Check out the Best of Foursquare to see and save amazing recommendations in Austin, Portland, New Orleans, Nashville, and more.
Pretty much from the day we founded Foursquare, we’ve had a lot of requests from people who want to use our data for research. That’s because the general trends we can identify – like that New Yorkers are 2.1% more likely to get ice cream for every degree above 60 degrees fahrenheit, or that the busiest time to shop on Black Friday is 2pm – are really interesting, and they are something you can only figure out if you have Foursquare’s data.
In the past, we’ve worked with select academic institutions and press outlets on data research projects. The results are pretty fascinating. It led to this Wall Street Journal visualization of city movement, this Tampa Bay government study, and, for us internally, powers things like our Hurricane Sandy visualization. Through these relationships, we’ve seen firsthand the power of this data to shed new insight and to effect positive change in how the real world works.
So, to allow more people to access this type of data, we are partnering exclusively with Gnip to distribute our realtime ‘places’ data (they have similar relationships with Twitter, Tumblr, and Disqus, among others). We give Gnip a realtime feed of the places where Foursquare users are checking in, which they can then provide to their clients. Here is the data we provide to Gnip: each check-in’s location (for instance, Stop & Shop), the time and date of the check-in (April 30, 2013 at 11:03pm GMT), and the gender of the person checking in (male). Only these three pieces of data are shared, and the check-ins are not tied to individual users. The technical-looking output looks like this:
This data, in aggregate, is incredibly interesting. For instance, market research companies can use it to get a realtime pulse on holiday shopping trends, and social media marketing agencies can instantly track the impact of a national chain’s Super Bowl campaign. Similarly, researchers can better understand a neighborhood’s evolution as the types and popularity of local businesses change. It’s fascinating data and this allows more people to examine the world in more ways.
For more information, head over to GNIP.
When you’re looking for somewhere to eat, sometimes you know exactly what kind of place you want — cheap or fancy, sushi or Mexican, an old favorite, or a place you’ve never been. With today’s update for iOS and Android, Foursquare helps you find exactly what you want, whatever that may be.
Try these five searches. They show exactly the type of thing you can only do with Foursquare (get super specific, we dare you):
- A cheap sushi place that’s nearby and open now, but that I haven’t been to yet.
- A bar downtown that’s new to me, but that my friends have been to. Oh, and that has margaritas.
- A Moroccan restaurant that has tagines on the menu, but isn’t going to empty my bank account.
- One of the museums in Paris that my friend Matt went to last year, that’s also near my hotel.
- A burrito place I’ve been meaning to try (it’s on my to-do list) in San Francisco, that’s in The Mission and open right now.
Find the perfect place to go – now you can filter by price, what’s open, where friends have been, and more
Need to find just the right spot? We’ve added extra filters on foursquare.com to make finding the perfect date spot, brunch place, or bar even easier.
Click the buttons at the top of the page to tailor your results:
- Choose a price range (like a fancy restaurant for Mother’s Day)
- See which places are offering money-saving specials
- See only shops that are open right now
And because it’s Foursquare, it’s easy to personalize the recommendations (you’ll need to log in to use these):
- See restaurants you haven’t been to before (new adventures!)
- See bars your friends like to go to
- See places you’ve saved (make headway on your to-do list!)
We’ll be rolling out more options in the future, along with filters on your phone so you can find the perfect place when you’re on the go. Head to foursquare.com/explore now to try it out!
It’s not too late to do something special for the mom in your life this Mother’s Day. Don’t have time to hand-craft a custom coupon book full of coffee dates, spa visits, and free hugs? Not a problem. Use Foursquare to create the illusion that you’re the best kid on the planet.
Click the links below to find a special Mother’s Day gift or plan a Sunday activity:
We hear this story from our community all the time – people dragging themselves out of bed in the morning to keep their gym streak alive, or going out of their way to try a new pizza joint so they can up their expertise.
Now, when Foursquare reminds you that you’re doing great, it’s easier to share those moments with the world. Just tap the new share button after you check in to post to Twitter, Facebook, and more.
Good news, Windows Phone fans: we’ve been working closely with Nokia and Microsoft, and today, we’re finally taking the covers off a brand new version of Foursquare for Windows Phone 8, specially optimized for Nokia’s shiny new Lumia phones.
So now, when you’re looking for something interesting to do, join over 33 million people who turn to Foursquare to find great places friends and locals love. The new app has all the best Foursquare features, each tailored for the Metro UI — beautiful maps, great insider tips, trending places, and more. Some of the Lumia models even integrate Foursquare data into their augmented reality experience (!!!), so it feels like you’re in the future when you’re finding cool places and money-saving deals.
Have a Nokia Lumia? Grab your official Windows Phone 8 update from the Nokia Collection in the Windows Phone Marketplace, rolling out now. If you’re rocking a phone running Windows Phone 7, stay tuned for updates. Happy exploring!
Find delicious cocktails near you, and join us in NYC for for a taste of the city’s best local eats and spirits!
At Foursquare, we love helping people discover great places to eat, drink, and find a killer cocktail (especially here in New York, where our team is always on the lookout for a great speakeasy). So we’re excited to combine our passion for delicious spirits and local businesses by opening our doors during the Manhattan Cocktail Classic, an annual festival celebrating cocktails and culture in NYC.
Seeking some springtime libations? Use Foursquare Explore to find great cocktail bars, speakeasies, and restaurants near you, and don’t forget to check in to show your support for your local businesses.
P.S. If you’re in NYC, check out all the exciting Manhattan Cocktail Classic events on Foursquare, and join us for a cocktail (or two!) at our headquarters on May 19. We’ll have spirits and tasty bites from local distilleries and eateries, secondary spirits from Astor Wines & Spirits, along with a custom cocktail menu crafted by expert bartender Kigan Joseph of PKNY.
With the new Foursquare, we crunch our data to show you the most interesting things nearby, as soon as you open the app. We also know you never want to miss out on a recommendation from a friend. So, we’re rolling out more recommendations from friends, which you’ll see the moment you open the app (since they’re probably not around for you to ask them).
If you’re walking around and we know your pal has left a tip at a restaurant in the neighborhood, or if a bunch of your friends have been to a bar nearby, we’ll make sure you know about it.
Get by with a little help from your friends. Get the latest Foursquare update now.