Foursquare announced last week that it reached a huge milestone: one billion check-ins. The team cleverly titled their announcement “A million check-ins isn’t cool. You know what’s cool?” which references The Social Network movie.
Unfortunately, the check-in service did not disclose the lucky user that happened to be Foursquare’s one-billionth check-in or where the person even checked in to. It’s a shame, as I was hoping for a a really huge iTunes Gift Card.
As we were all checking in to various locations, Foursquare was collecting all the data. The team put together a video with their findings which shows a view of Earth and just how much we go out at any given time of the day. If you’re interested in fun facts such as this, take a look at the video below.
And while Foursquare is hitting an impressive milestone, we’re still waiting to hear about Gowalla’s update. I’m personally a huge fan of Gowalla, and I prefer the app over Foursquare. It seems Gowalla has conceded that the check-in battle is over and Foursquare won. So while the app will still maintain checking in as a feature, the focus will be much more about traveling with friends and family and sharing your experiences with friends. More on this soon.
A Week of Check-ins on the Path to One Billion from foursquare on Vimeo.