Hey hey -
So it’s time for another round of cities to be added to the roster.. and this time we went pretty deep. 50 new cities overall (we just doubled our coverage!) and these ones are sprinkled all around the world.
People always ask how we choose which cities we’re going to launch and the answer is always the same…. we listen to all your feedback! Whether you’re voting on the web or harassing us on Twitter :), it’s the cities you ask for that we end up launching!
So take a look at the list below and spread the word. More big things coming soon so stay tuned… (and for a full list of all 100+ cities, see foursquare.com)
New Haven, CT
Oklahoma City, OK
Park City, UT
Mexico City, Mexico
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
São Paulo, Brazil
Johannesburg, South Africa
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Tel Aviv, Israel
Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Wellington, New Zealand
ps: check out the Mashable coverage too!
We’re super excited to announce that our API is now live.
It’s something that’s been in testing with a small group of developers for the last few months. Even during this phase, we’ve seen you guys make all sorts of interesting applications using our data:
- an Android app
- a venue popularity tracker: SocialGreat
- a foursquare layer on Layar
- a location-based game: MobZombies
- an integration with Peek Mobile devices: PeekMaps
- an RFID/Oyster card-based checkin system: FourTap
- a way to find deals nearby based on your check-in history: Yipit
- a Wordpress plugin
- a Firefox plugin
- a check-in diary: Last Night’s Checkins
We have a new landing page for all dev-related content: http://developer.foursquare.com. We’ve started by highlighting a few of the applications and developers there. Eventually, we’d love to have a directory that lists all of your work.
Join the conversation by subscribing to the developer discussion group. If you have any other questions or want to write in with comments directly, send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can’t wait to see what you’ll come up with!
Most of you know how foursquare tries to reward you for doing things in the real world… discovering new places, doing interesting things, meeting new friends… they all unlock points and badges.
For a long time, we’ve wanted to make foursquare points translate into something meaningful… maybe they translate into a free coffee or something like AmEx rewards or frequent flyer miles. Well, I think we found something better…
We’ve recently started working with the folks at Techies Give Back to try to figure out a way that foursquare points can be donated to charitable causes. On December 13th, they’re organizing NY Tech Gives Back on behalf of a non-profit called CampInteractive - which empowers inner-city youth through outdoor activities and tech workshops. It’s a day where people can give back to the community by volunteering and donating.
And we’d like to offer up a sponsorship on the foursquare leaderboard to help raise money for the cause.
In exchange for a pledge of at least $0.03 for every point added to the foursquare leaderboard between Monday 12/7 and Sunday 12/13, we’ll allow your brand or organization to re-skin our iPhone leaderboard. Whether you want to throw your logo on there or treat it like a “take-over” media buy, it’s yours for the week.
And for reference, last week foursquare users in NYC generated some 150,000 points on the leaderboard. At a pledge of $0.03 per point that would mean raising $4500 for Camp Interactive.
So, what do you say? Know of anyone who’d be up for it? If so, contact email@example.com to make a bid ($0.03 per point or higher, please). Highest bidder will be selected on December 1st, 2009 (at which point we’ll reach out to you to work out the details). And remember, your donation is tax deductible.
There are other ways to get involved too. Buy a ticket to the Techies Give Back Ice Skating event on December 1st and every ticket sold allows another child to have a day out and receive mentoring.
And special thanks to Adam Gillman & Simon Kirk at Techies Give Back for making this happen!
We launched our latest round of cities today — this time all across Europe. We’re introducing 15 new cities to bring our full total to 53! The full Europe list now:
Prague, Czech Republic
We’re choosing which cities to launch next based on the feedback you leave on our suggested cities list (http://foursquare.com/cities). Drop your vote there; we’re slowly ramping up to lots more places around the world!