10 Fantastic Foursquare Tips: Check-in Faster, Get Deals, and More

6. Keep a to-do list

Found a great venue from a friend’s check-in or one of your favorite brand pages? Make a reminder to visit it later by adding it to your To Do List. Create your list by using the mobile app to access a venue, then click Add To-Do. You can also add specific venue tips to your To-Do list in the same way.

If you take advantage of another Foursquare user’s tip, be sure to let them know you liked their favorite dish or drink by selecting the I’ve Done This button in the Tips tab of the mobile app. The most heeded pointers are pushed to the top of a venue’s list of tips.

7. Follow a brand

Follow such brands as Racked, Wall Street Journal, and Zagat for great recommendations on local venues, attractions, and more. Brands can be followed at www.foursquare.com, but the social network doesn’t make it easy. You can find a smattering of options at the very bottom of the desktop screen, but currently there is no full list of brands to follow; searching a brand’s name won’t necessarily bring you to the brand’s page. Refreshing the page will bring up different options.

When you click on a brand, it takes you to a special URL (usually foursquare.com/brandname). Here you can click Follow. This will add the brand to your friend list. Different brands offer different perks. For instance, following Mashable provides special tips on various venues from Mashable’s editors and reporters. Following InStyle can earn you special deals at specific stores; during the 2010 holiday season, checking into a Saks Fifth Avenue store unlocked special shopping tips and earned a free gift for InStyle followers. Following the History Channel unlocks historical facts about a location after you’ve checked in. There is also a Historian badge you can unlock if you visit enough History Channel-supported locations.

8. Eat, post, love (or hate)

Share your love of good eats with FoodSpotting, an iOS Foursquare app for foodies that not only lets you share pictures of great meals but allows users to rate them as well. Just don’t forget to set the app to share all posts in Foursquare as check-ins.

9. Crowdsource your nightlife

If you’re in a new neighborhood and want a fun place to hang out, check the Trending Now feature under the Places tab in your mobile Foursquare app. The restaurants, bars, and lounges with the most check-ins of the day top the list.

10. Find deals faster

Many businesses offer specials for those who check into a location. For instance, checking in at Modell’s Sporting Goods in New York City can save you $10 off a purchase of $50 or more by showing the cashier your phone. A first-time check-in at a Crunch Fitness for non-members earns a seven-day pass, while the Mayor earns a free bottle of water. To fully take advantage of these deals, use a third-party app such as Snacksquare.com, which lists every deal available on Foursquare. As always, you must check into the venue to redeem the deal. Add bargain-offering venues to your To Do list at Foursquare.com or on the mobile app.

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