TALES OF A FOURSQUARE VIRGIN

40 year old virgin

As a young person living in a very urban area, I’ve felt a little bit left out because I never signed up for Foursquare, the “check in” app the startup scene is always talking about.

But the truth is—I never really understood the draw of using the service.

What do I actually get out of checking in every place I travel to? What’s the point of earning badges and becoming the “Mayor” of my local bar?

Last week, I finally joined Foursquare.

Here’s how it went.

Once I installed the app and signed up, I had to add my friends from the other social networks I use.

Now to wait for some friend request acceptances. I'll try checking in for the first time.

Locations have tips associated with them. The tip ended up being a good one! Joe beat me at ping pong.

Oh, I see. I'm supposed to accumulate more points and badges than Leah Goldman.

Badges and points seem, frankly, pointless. But this Lists page might help me find a good burger.

The Explore area could also prove useful, but is this better than Yelp and other recommendation apps?

After a little while, I started receiving acceptances to friend requests I sent out. This is cool, but many of these people don't live here in New York.

So here I am checking in again, but at a bar this time. I'll post a picture to Twitter to make people stuck at home jealous.

Hey Foursquare staff! What's the verdict from a Foursquare virgin?

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