The implementation of location bookmarks for foursquare would yield additional useful or delicious services for the users of the platform. A future check ins service may also diminish drive by check ins. Already in existence from foursquare are a Save to foursquare and a cool Bookmarklet feature that the foursquare team created to help you plan future check ins. This proposed feature would make location bookmark objects that foursquare users could share and comment on. This proposed feature would make the planning of check ins more convenient or natural for foursquare users by allowing them to use the existing and familiar check in process with the option of flagging their check in as future. I honestly wouldn’t mind if the proposed flag was named “drive by”. Using that familiar name for a common practice and automatically denoting that the venue was worthy of a future stop for the user seems to make sense.
I do not work for foursquare. I believe that I do not personally know anyone that works at foursquare. This is only an idea which I am sharing in case others wish to ask foursquare to support this type of feature or use the foursquare API in order to make it.
Improvements and new useful services
The foursquare team makes use of the iOS Region Monitoring capability in order to notify you when you happen to be near a previous Save to foursquare item or list. Radar notifies users of a venue that they are near and previously wanted to visit. It would be very useful to receive Radar notifications of previous check ins that were flagged for the future. I would also like notifications which inform me that friends had flagged a place I was near as a place worth visiting in the future.
Shared future check ins
I wrote a little about the sharing of future bookmarked check ins in the previous item, but I want to give this benefit a proper heading because I think it deserves it. Giving friends the ability to browse each other’s planned or desired check in locations increases the value of the keeping up with friends part of the application.
Seeing your friend’s actual check ins and bookmarking those for the future is also a useful activity. What would you do if you saw that one of your friends checked in at bookmarked a nice place indicating that they plan to visit in the future? You’d probably have a Liz Lemon “I want to go to there” moment.
Get More tips
Tips use and usefulness could improve with this feature. Why not have a corresponding planned todo Tip for your future visit.
More useful information for Merchants and Users
A new level of venue granularity will be achieved in the foursquare application. Merchants will be able to see how many and who want to visit them. Users may be able to see a rate or score of how go a job they do of realizing their plans. Reviewing a venue may who past, present, and future check ins. Cancelations of future plans may help merchants address opportunities for improvement and so on and so forth.
A problem this feature would lessen
Less drive by action is good for everybody.
Most that use foursquare are familiar with the infamous phenomenon known as the drive by check in. Foursquare provides some application logic that works to curb the reward of those that attempt many illegitimate check ins. I gave some thought to drive by check in behavior as I read Marco Arment’s astute Right versus pragmatic post about addressing problems that are not solved by being correct. I confess that I am not a fan of drive by check ins. I also confess that I have done it once or twice in order to bookmark a place that I wish to visit in the future. That bookmarking attempt without help from the application does not work that well so after a few of those I don’t do that anymore.
I would not wish to contribute to any sort of feature-overload in one of my favorite mobile applications, but I think this idea may be worthy of consideration.