How To Get Started With Foursquare
Part of the success to Foursquare is that it is simple to use and the more you use it the more you will uncover how to get the most from the service.
- The Applications
To get started using Foursquare you will need to install the applicable mobile application on your phone. Foursquare has applications for iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Ovi by Nokia and Palm phones. Additional applications are available from third-party developers. You can also use the web-based mobile log-in if there are no applications available for your phone. You can see all the available apps by visiting the Foursquare App Gallery.
Once you install the application, open it and you can either "Log In" or "Join Now". If you are new to Foursquare, you will want to tap on "Join Now".
Foursquare will then ask if you would like to use your current location. If you want Foursquare to locate venues that are close to you, select yes. This is the best choice in order to get the most out of what Foursquare offers.
- Opening a Foursquare Account
Your next step will be to open a Foursquare account, which you can do by following the promps on your phone or by going to Foursquare.com to register. You may be asked for your first and last name, phone number, age, gender, password and email address.
- Foursquare Settings
Once you have established your Foursquare account you will want to check your account's settings. Click on the "Settings" link and verify the account information, contact information and privacy settings. This is also where you can link to your Twitter and Facebook accounts and add your photo.
- Foursquare Privacy Settings
It is important to understand your Privacy settings and make adjustments based on how much information about yourself you wish to have exposed. Remember, you are about to broadcast to the world (based on your privacy settings) where you are, what your habits are, and where you are going.
To help answers questions about how to set up this area of your account, Foursquare has added a helpful chart explaining each setting and who can see what based on the settings you choose. As you get to know the Foursquare environment, you can always go back and make adjustments.
Understanding how privacy works on Foursquare is not hard, but it is something you will want to take the time to read about and understand.
Learn More About Foursquare
- What is Foursquare?
- How To Check In To Foursquare
- Tip Sheet - Getting the Most From Foursquare
- The Badge List - What Are They and How Do You Get Them?