A year ago today I bought an iPhone 4, and one of the things I did on the very same day was join Foursquare, a location-based social network that I’d heard good things about. And today, I still think both my iPhone and Foursquare are awesome.
Foursquare has changed quite a bit in the past 12 months (to put it lightly – it’s changed a lot in the past 2 months, never mind 12). When I joined, version 2.0 of the iPhone app had just been launched, but there were no photos with checkins, no way of commenting on checkins, the GPS was quite slow and checkins were awarded a rudimentary and largely meaningless number of points. All of these things are now core to the Foursquare experience, alongside other new features such as Explore and Notifications.
In terms of numbers, I’ve checked in just over 2000 times, and on 356 days – i.e. there were only 9 days over the past year where I haven’t checked in. I’ve also amassed 36 badges and am currently mayor of 23 venues – most of which are in Bradford and Sowerby Bridge but some are further afield in Bingley, North Wales and London.
I’ve also moved from being a casual user to being a level 2 superuser (SU2), so rather than simply interacting with the service I’m now actively volunteering my time to help to make it better.
It will be interesting to see what happens over the next 12 months on Foursquare, and how many more badges and mayorships I’ll get.