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IDEAs #101: FourSquare API Ideas

I haven’t looked at the API, but I see crazy potential of apps being built on-top of FourSquare. The one thing I REALLY WANT [and have for years], is, when I go to a restaurant.. I want to see what everyone that’s ever been there rates as the best dishes; then what my friends rate as the best dishes; then what I’ve had there in the past [I was at a Thai place the other day, where I’ve been a lot, but there’s 100 menu items, literally. I have no clue that last dish I had, which was AMAZING].
I detailed this idea out awhile ago — I think someone could make it happen with FourSquare: http://blog.stevepoland.com/idea-76-the-greatest-menu-meals-fb-app-initially/
I’m in Buffalo, so I haven’t used FourSquare really at all, but I’d also love to see a “wall” for each bar/restaurant, where I could see everyone’s posts [within/at that bar/restaurant], or just my friend’s posts, or just my posts [w/replies of course]. It’d be another way for people to communicate and meet. If the music is way too loud, it could be said. If someone is puking in the 1st stall, it could be said. If a whif of reefer is going on, it could be said. If the blond in the red dress sitting at 7th seat at the bar is hot, it could be said.
I have some other ideas that I think could finally take off, if someone built them with FourSquare’s API…
This one is in regards to anyone at a sporting event, or concert, or happy hour, could post pics/videos from the event — and since everyone ‘checked in’ to foursquare is at same event, sending in a photo or video should be easy — something would check where you are, then it’d tag it for you without you worrying about it.
http://blog.stevepoland.com/idea-39-vyous-aggregated-event-photosvideos-everyones-views/
Actually, the following post is basically what FourSquare became [feb 2007 I wrote this]:
http://blog.stevepoland.com/idea-10-in-person-social-networking-eventbar-mingling-via-cell/
and
http://blog.stevepoland.com/idea-75-where-i-hang-out-facebook-app/

I haven’t looked at the API, but I see crazy potential of apps being built on-top of FourSquare. The one thing I REALLY WANT [and have for years], is, when I go to a restaurant.. I want to see what everyone that’s ever been there rates as the best dishes; then what my friends rate as the best dishes; then what I’ve had there in the past [I was at a Thai place the other day, where I’ve been a lot, but there’s 100 menu items, literally. I have no clue that last dish I had, which was AMAZING].

I detailed this idea out awhile ago — I think someone could make it happen with FourSquare: http://blog.stevepoland.com/idea-76-the-greatest-menu-meals-fb-app-initially/

I’m in Buffalo, so I haven’t used FourSquare really at all, but I’d also love to see a “wall” for each bar/restaurant, where I could see everyone’s posts [within/at that bar/restaurant], or just my friend’s posts, or just my posts [w/replies of course]. It’d be another way for people to communicate and meet. If the music is way too loud, it could be said. If someone is puking in the 1st stall, it could be said. If a whif of reefer is going on, it could be said. If the blond in the red dress sitting at 7th seat at the bar is hot, it could be said.

I have some other ideas that I think could finally take off, if someone built them with FourSquare’s API…

This one is in regards to anyone at a sporting event, or concert, or happy hour, could post pics/videos from the event — and since everyone ‘checked in’ to foursquare is at same event, sending in a photo or video should be easy — something would check where you are, then it’d tag it for you without you worrying about it.

http://blog.stevepoland.com/idea-39-vyous-aggregated-event-photosvideos-everyones-views/

Actually, the following post is basically what FourSquare became [feb 2007 I wrote this]:

http://blog.stevepoland.com/idea-10-in-person-social-networking-eventbar-mingling-via-cell/

and

http://blog.stevepoland.com/idea-75-where-i-hang-out-facebook-app/

Let me know if you build one of these — put it in the comments.
Updated: FourSquare opens their API a bit more.
  • http://www.thedeets.com Ed Kohler

    Foursquare doesn’t really gather the type of data you’re looking for, so it would be impossible to build apps similar to what you’re suggesting using their API.

    menuism.com is doing something closer to what you describe where they ask people to rate menu items.

  • Anonymous

    Hey Steve.
    There are tons of great ideas in here. And I’m actually working my way through one of these ideas, 4 years after the fact but I’d love to talk to you about it. Seems like you’ve done tons of thinking around the problem of connecting people around locations.

    shalin at gmail.com

  • http://stevepoland.com/about Steve Poland

    Shalin- let me know when u r ready for testers.

  • Anonymous

    oink.com