Recently the first Foursquare client, named WinMoSquare showed up in Microsoft’s Marketplace. For those of you, who don’t know what Foursquare is, here is a brief description of the Foursquare principle:
People use Foursquare to “check-in”, which is a way of telling your whereabouts. When you check-in someplace, Foursquare tells your friends where they can find you and recommend places to go & things to do nearby. People check-in at all kind of places – cafes, bars, restaurants, parks, homes, offices.
Think of Foursquare as an “urban mix tape.” Foursquare helps you make lists of your favorite things to do and let you share them with friends. Foursquare will keep track of the things you’ve done, help you create To-Do lists and even suggest new experiences to seek out.
Every Foursquare check-in earns you points. Find a new place in your neighborhood? +5 points. Making multiple stops in a night? +2 points. Dragging friends along with you? +1.
If you’ve been to a place more than anyone else, you’ll become “the mayor”… until someone else comes along and steals your title.
WinMoSquare is created by Touchality and after running some beta versions, it can now be found in the Marketplace for free. After “purchasing” it (yes, it’s free!) you can download and install the WinMoSquare client. If you don’t have .Net Compact Framework on your device, it will be downloaded automatically.
After installing the WinMoSquare client, you need to sign in with your Foursquare account you have created at the Foursquare website.
On the Main screen you can view your profile and check your badges, see where your friends are, check in locations, add venues if you are in a new place, adjust some settings and log out from WinMoSquare.
When you want to check-in at a location, the client automatically searches for nearby venues and shows you which venues are closeby. If the location you want to check-in is not on the list, you can create it yourself. Add as many data as possible. When you create a venue, you can always edit the venue-data at the Foursquare website.
You can even tweet your new venue or current location to Twitter or update your Facebook status with it.
In Settings you choose a new theme, enable or disable sound, check your GPS settings and view version information.
Foursquare is a fun way to show your friends where you are and share tips and recommendations with everybody. Compared to other clients (Android and iPhone) WinMoSquare does not use celltower data to pinpoint your location. Instead, it uses GPS, so when indoors it can be a bit hard to get your location. I hope somewhere it the next version it will have celltower-location, so it is able to find your (estimated) location also indoors !