A little over a week ago, we published an infographic about Facebook, the world’s largest social network. Today, we are taking a look Foursquare, a miniscule in comparison, location-based mobile platform. Since the service launched at South by Southwest in 2009, users have flocked to check into locations they visit. While the notion of sharing locations has not played so well with the mass market, the idea is beginning to pick up steam. With an initial boost from the tech community which began adopting the service quickly, there are now over 6 million registered users.
With 3400% growth in 2010, the company officially decided visualize the chaos. Although Facebook debuted the ‘Places’ feature late last year offering some serious competition, Foursquare still managed to process over 381 million check-ins during 2010. In addition, with over 30 thousand check-ins from just the Rally To Restore Sanity, the service undoubtedly has a bright future.
So here is the big question: If you are not already using Foursquare, will you? If not, why? If you choose not to play along with location-based services, chances are you will have to eventually. Both Facebook Places and Foursquare are pushing their way into your lives with partnerships with major retailers, restaurants, and local business. Deals and discounts might become too tempting to resist.