Foursquare Cutting Down on Cheaters and the Forgetful

Yesterday, as my train was pulling back into Euston after my visit to the Birmingham NEC for The Gadget Show Live, I decided to check-in on Foursquare.

It then flashed the message that Foursquare reckoned I wasn’t near enough and it wasn’t going to award me the points.

The fact that the train was just outside the station and I was doing this before alighting the train made me feel that I was being watched – but then I decided to check up on this feature.

It turns out that Foursquare is cracking down on users who check-in to venues from their living rooms just so that they can rack up the points.

This means that from now on Foursquare check-ins that don’t appear to come from where you’re checking-in to will no longer get you points, badges or mayorships.

The app uses your mobile’s GPS location to check your whereabouts and will only reward you if you really are where you claim to be – or at least where your GPS says that you are 😉

This move by Foursquare comes as more companies are adding deals and rewards for checking-in.

Foursquare says you’ll still be able to check-in when you’ve left somewhere or before you arrive but you wont be scoring points or rewards: “We’re never going to NOT let you check-in…the idea is simply to not award points, mayorships, badges or venue specials if it looks like you didn’t really earn them.”

Anyone else using Foursquare? Do you use it locally or only on trips/expos and seminars?

Let me know below 🙂

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