Have you ever walked into a new restaurant hoping that it will be delicious, but you did not know what to expect? Or, have you ever gone to a concert and thought, “I wonder if I will run into anyone I know here?” With Foursquare you can unlock the world around you, and find happiness just around the corner. You just need to log into the website, Foursquare.com, have your cell phone ready and be ready to explore the world around you. Download the Foursquare app to your cell phone and instantly link to your address book, Facebook and Twitter account to discover where your friends are, by reading where they recently checked in. Tell your friends where you are by checking in at one of the thousands of places Foursquare automatically lists based on your GPS location. If it is not listed on Foursquare you can add it. Leave and check tips from other users on places around the area. There are also various specials offered to Foursquare users. If you use Foursquare wherever you go, in airports, museums, the light rail, you never know where you might come across a little planned serendipity.
Foursquare launched March 13, 2009 and is not slowing down. It currently has 725,000 users and recently grew by nearly 100,000 in 10 days. Foursquare also revealed there have been over 22 million check-ins by users. There has even been a 15-year-old user who was the first to check in at the North Pole! It is not as huge as Twitter’s 50 million tweets per day, but it is an extremely impressive number for a website that is barely a year old. “We really like Foursquare’s fresh approach to location-based social networking,” Mashable.com said. With the Internet growing and people turning to social networking for advice on activities and locations, this is a convenient move towards the future. Kassi Bluma, an active Foursquare user and reporter for a small NY paper, said, “I am obsessed with it! I work in NYC so I will check into a location and see clients, co-workers, or potential people I could interview for a story I am working on. I also love getting advice for different restaurants and museums around NY. It is an exciting and great way to network with people around the community.”