According to Mashable, as "The Mayor" of a location in Foursquare, I'm one of one million users connected to a company currently valued at $100 million. Further, I'm hot! "Foursquare has been on fire in a way that no startup since Twitter has come close to achieving." Better: "[Foursquare] is changing the world…"
What is Foursquare? According to its help page, Foursquare is "a cross between a friend-finder, a social city-guide and a game that rewards you for doing interesting things."
Jeremy Hart (hands down Foursquare Mayor of Blacksburg, Virginia!) was the first person I knew to use Foursquare, and Patsy Stewart used it in a way I found gave personality to places. Knowing I had a cross country plane flight ahead to do a beta test, I joined last week.
For me, Foursquare is a way to use the GPS function in my BlackBerry to connect me in new ways to people I follow on Twitter.
Anyway, Foursquare has also inspired some new formulations.
I offered this GIS R.O.I. formula in a post about client InteractiveGIS
Business Data + Algorithm, Formula and/or Idea + GIS = New R.O.I.
and this Killer App formula
Business Data + Algorithm, Formula and/or Idea + GIS + SaaS = Killer App
and saw a demo of NewCity's Nomad mobile app.
Then I joined Foursquare.
Now I'm thinking:
Game Mechanics + Social Networking + GPS GIS + Business Data
+ Algorithm, Formula and/or Idea + Mobile = Killer App
Now I'm off to The Weight Club to do some more thinking. And to Check In with Foursquare! Watch out, Bluto H.!