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Question of the day: What’s your favorite all-time Foursquare badge?


After our post on “most points in a check-in“, we’ve received questions about Points and what they mean.

Along with earning badges, foursquare awards points for checking-in to venues. These points are good for 7 days. For example, if you get 6 points on Tuesday and 4 points on Sunday, you’ll have 10 points total until Tuesday. Once it becomes Tuesday, you’ll only have 4 points.

Along with points, you’ll receive cute messages from foursquare. The points are given for how hard or easy the accomplishment was. Checking-in to the same place in three months awards you 2 points; easy. Becoming the mayor is worth 5 points; hard.

Message Points Notes
Aw shucks! No points for this check-in +0 You’ll receive this message if you check-in twice to the same venue within 2 hours.

Every check-in counts!

+1 Nothing out of the ordinary.

Welcome back to [state]! You haven’t been here in 10 days.

+1 Haven’t checked into a state in 10 days, that you’ve been at.

You pal [friend name] is the Mayor here (and your creeping on their turf)

+2 Be friends with the Mayor and be at least 8 days away from becoming Mayor.

You’re creeping on a friend’s mayorship turf!

+2 You can only get this message once a day, per venue.

You’ve checked-in to a place none of your friends have been before.

+2

Welcome back! You haven’t been here in 3 months!

+2

Come here often? That’s 3 days here this week

+2

3 days here this week

+2

The world didn’t end!

+2 Check-in to a venue on May 22nd, 2011.

Your first [sub-category] since you were at [venue name] in [month][year]

+2

The Mayor is in the house!

+2 Check-in to a venue with the Mayor there.

Have a right royal knees up!

+3 Check-in at Westminster Abby on April, 29th, 2011.

Last minute tax filing!

+3 Check-in to a venue labeled as ‘Post Office’ on April 18th, 2011.

No points for your first April Fool’s Day check-in…Psych!

+3 Check-in to any venue on April 1st. These points can only be earned once.

Happy Mother’s Day to all moms on foursquare!

+3 Check-in to any venue on April 8th. These points can only be earned once.

Happy Father’s Day to all moms on foursquare!

+3 Check-in to any venue on April 19th. These points can only be earned once.

Summer Solstice Bonus!

+3 Check-in to any venue on April 21st. These points can only be earned once.

You’re first check-in at [venue name]!

+3

VIP! You’re hanging out with the Mayor!

+3 Check-in to a venue with the Mayor there, and you are friends.

You’re the Mayor!

+3

First time at [venue name]!

+3

Happy Earth Day! Alternative transport FTW!

+3 Check-in on Earth Day at bus, rail and subway system.

Mayor bonus

+3

East Coast Earthquake Survival Bonus!

+3

New state!

+4 Check-in to a new state.

New state ([state name])

+4 Check-in to a new state.

Welcome! This is you first check-in in the state of [state]!

+4 Check-in to a new state.

This place is swarming!

+4 Check-in to a venue with more than 50 other users.

BFF Bonus: 4 days with [friend name] this week!

+4

BFF Bonus: 5 days with [friend name] this week!

+4

BFF Bonus: 6 days with [friend name] this week!

+4

Wow, the last time you saw [friend name] was at [venue name] 3 months ago!

+4

Your first [sub-category]!

+4 Could be ‘Baseball Field’, Playground, Restaurant, Park, School, for example.

It’s your birthday!

+5

Welcome! It’s your first check-in in [country name]!

+5

You just became the mayor!

+5

[Number] miles since your last check-in.

Varies Can be unlocked by checking in 350+ miles since your last check-in.

*Red text means a special check-in.

I’m sure we’ve missed some. So help us add to our list! Write a comment of the exact message and points given. Don’t forget to include the location of where you check-ed in!

What is the most points you’ve had in one week? In your foursuqare app, click on ‘ME’. You’ll see the points from the last 7 days, including your largest.

 


Before leaving for work, I shouted a quick good morning to my fine friends on foursquare. I like to send a shout every now and then that is not connected with a check-in or shared with Twitter or Facebook. To me, the foursquare shout is under-utilized. I think the isolated shout is important  because  it emphasizes that foursquare is not just a subset of Twitter or Facebook crowd- it is its own community.

But while I was keying in my shout, I had trouble finding the word after “good morning.” And thought,  “Is there a universal term for a person who uses foursquare? Just what do we call each other?”

So here are some things that ran through my mind:

  • foursquare user
  • check-in-er
  • foursquare member
  • foursquare fan
  • foursquare friend
  • foursquarer
  • checker-in

While “foursquare user” is probably the most proper, and “foursquare fan” the most fun, I went with “4sq-er” because it was it was, um, awkward and drew attention to itself.

I’m wondering what other terms and 4sq slang people use to refer to each other. So I now turn the question to the foursquare community itself:

What word do YOU use describe other people who use foursquare?

Leave your answer in the comments, and we’ll tally the responses and try to come to some consensus.