Since the beginning of Foursquare, tips have been one of our most important and popular features. People have shared a lot of opinions – about off-menu items, the best view, free wifi codes… really about everything. It’s a great way to take your knowledge and pay it forward. Over 9 million people have left tips about their experiences around the world. So, when we started working on the new Foursquare (coming next week!), we wanted to celebrate people who share their expertise, and highlight the great tips they leave.
The result of this is ‘expertise’ you can earn (think of them kind of like badges for leaving great tips). To earn them, you just have to show off your knowledge. When you leave great tips, you make progress. And, the more people like or save them, the faster you’ll earn expertise. You can earn expertise at a type of place (like ‘Dumplings’ or ‘Vintage Shops’) or a neighborhood or city (who doesn’t want to have expertise of Chinatown or SoHo?).
Once you’ve earned an expertise, we both mark your tips as coming from an expert (so the world knows), and make sure more people see them because they’re high quality. And, when you’re looking for great things to do when you’re at a place, you can see which ones come from experts.
Among our early testers of the new Foursquare 8.0, this was one of the most popular features. We’re excited for you to play with it soon in the all-new Foursquare, and for you to show the world what you’re an expert in.