Foursquare makeover: 5 ways to make check-ins exciting

Is it really worth it to check-in on Foursquare? See if you agree with these suggestions for spicing up the location-based network.

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It has been about a year since I wrote anything significant about Foursquare, so I thought it was time to check-in.

Check-in. Get it? Oh, never mind.

In my article, Foursquare or Bore-square, I concluded that the major hurdle to adopting this technology is that there just isn’t anything to hold my attention, entertain me, or reward me. Fake electronic mayorships only appeal to a small audience. A year later, I am puzzled to report that this is still a problem.

The good news is that in the past year, Foursquare has significantly enhanced its interface, added some modest new features, and raised enough capital to stay in business and dominate the buzz.

The bad news is that I still have no new reasons to use it. The reviews and tips are nice, but there are other apps, like Urban Spoon, that do a better job and are more fun to use.

I found a friend at a restaurant once through Foursquare and he bought me a beer, so that’s worth something I guess.

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