A fog of skepticism still swirls around Foursquare: Is the check-in service actually, y'know, a thing? Do people actually want to broadcast their location to the Internetand use the resulting data to discover new places to go in the places they live?
A new set of data visualizations from Foursquare amount to the company's most extensive argument yet that people do actually use its service. The number of users have doubled since last May from 20 million to 40 million, though Foursquare has yet to disclose how many of those users are active on a monthly basis.
Increasingly, those users are international. Despite its American origins in New York City, Foursquare has found users as far afield as Beijing and Istanbul.
The videos show just how much they use it. And its users seem very ordinary, which is a good thing indeed: By showing how Foursquare users document their morning ferry rides, office arrivals, and departures by train, it demonstrates that the service has reached some segment of the mainstream.
Dazzling Timelapse Videos of Millions of FourSquare Check-Ins (The Atlantic Cities)
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