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How to Follow Proper Foursquare Etiquette

A popular phone app, this location-based social network allows users to let their friends know exactly where they're at. Along the way, you can collect points and ultimately mayorships. But don't go overboard sharing information or you'll risk being seen as a foursquare boor.


  • Step 1: Avoid cheating Don't cheat by check in to every single building you pass on your morning commute. And don't create a new venue for your kitchen only to obtain that mayorship. Check in to places you actually visit.
  • TIP: Be sure to edit locations that have the wrong addresses or phone numbers, and restaurants or venues that have closed.
  • Step 2: Limit your posts Control the number of times you cross-post to Twitter and Facebook. Not only is it unwise to share your every move, but you'll get a ton of spam. Also don't accept Foursquare friend requests from people you know only through Facebook or Twitter.
  • TIP: Try not to become obsessed with Foursquare. If you're not enjoying the locale you're at until you check in on Foursquare, it's a sign that you're too preoccupied with it.
  • Step 3: Create new locations Create new Foursquare locations for others to find. Add your visit to that hot new restaurant or up-and-coming art gallery.
  • Step 4: Include useful tips Add useful tips and information you've learned to existing locations. It's the insider knowledge and local flavor that really enlivens such posts. If you have any tips to share with fellow Foursquare users, take a moment to add them.
  • Step 5: Share the deals Share Foursquare deals with your friends in real life. By sharing Foursquare promotions, the businesses will benefit and your friends will save money. Sometimes it pays to be a techno geek!
  • FACT: In 2010 Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was estimated to have a net worth of $4 billion.

You Will Need

  • Smartphone
  • Foursquare app
  • Twitter account
  • Facebook page
  • Insider tips

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