So you are way ahead in the numbers of check-in to locations you pass by (you needn’t really enter) & fighting for mayor-ships with your new found foursquare friends? then you have been webbed in the Location Based Services craze.
Yup i have used both Gowalla & Foursquare along with Hootesuite, Waze, Instagram, Picplz, etc which allow foursquare integration so that me doesn’t miss out on the points & badges to gain!
Many times though Gowalla is more forgiving that Foursquare & allows me to check in with a larger radius (5 km). The cell towers/wi-fi zones don’t provide accurate information & using the GPS just drains off most of my battery.
Right now i don’t see much value add other than catching up with my friend’s location…which can get annoying if you receive too many pings from them 😛 & of course, the food updates & what they upto @ that location which really makes me wonder why i added them in the first place!
It was quite amusing when one “friend” did steal the mayor-ship of the area i lived in & quite happily tweeted about it (it is an automatic setting though). I did get it back when i logged in from the web & realized that the pin of the accurate location was moved!
Anyone can add a location in the middle of nowhere & anyone can edit it from moving the location & another user can just delete it. Though foursquare has changed certain rules now & editing powers is given to users who created a location.
There are also several 3rd party applications of foursquare which allow auto check-in so you don’t forget to check-in to your usual haunts. The most amusing one is the one which protects your mayor-ships 🙂
Assumptions: The friends new to the city might find useful data your provide about a place helpful along with the map so they don’t have to hound your personal partying life to take them out 🙂