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Tracking Check-ins With Foursquare Time Machine

Location-based service Foursquare recently released a new feature allowing users to track their past checks by location, venue type and other metrics The browser app visualizes check-ins in sequential order, creating a colorful map and ultimately a personalized infographic.

Apparently, I’ve checked in on foursquare more than 2,400 times — so mine took a bit — but the end result is (slightly) interesting:

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Visualizing Foursquare, Pt. 2

This morning I posted a quick map illustrating my 1,100 check-ins on Foursquare during the last two years. I made it using TillMill, an open-source application for creating interactive map tiles.

This version was made in OpenHeatMap (larger symbols represent more check-ins). Clearly my Foursquare usage increased after I moved from Austin to DC last year: 

Thanks to Pete Warden, who created the tool. He helped me structure my field headers so the application would recognize the geo data for each check-in. Documentation here.

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Visualizing Foursquare

I’m generally obsessed with Foursquare, the location-based service that allows users to broadcast their travels to friends. I’ve checked in more at more than 1,100 places since joining the service in February 2010, apparently more often on weekends:

But not so much in May:

And on three continents:

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Mapping ‘My’ DC

Steven Lehrburger, a software engineer in New York, announced just now that he’d updated his cool web app, wheredoyougo.net. It allows Foursquare users to visualize their checkins with heat maps.

Here’s an example from last January, when I still lived in Austin:

With the new version live, I mapped more than 900 checkins. Here’s where I go in Washington, D.C. (I live at 12th and Kearny in northeast, and I work at 6th and Massachusetts in northwest, so that explains the red spots in the upper righthand corner and downtown).

Below is a national view. This makes sense, as I’ve spent most of my time in D.C. and Austin since I stopped using Gowalla (*tear*) in favor of Foursquare. What’s strange, though, is that I’ve never been to Vancouver.

Thanks for the update, Steven.