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Don't check-in from your house
Seems obvious yet people have already started doing it. The main reason you shouldn't do this, other than the stalker factor, is that it pollutes the venue list. Lets keep the venues to places other people can easily visit.
Shut off Twitter/Facebook notifications
Nothing is more annoying than getting dozens of updates on twitter on top of the Foursquare updates that are already being pushed to your phone. In the iPhone version of the Foursquare app you have the option to tweet only single events, on an event by event basis - try to keep the twitter spam to a minimum.
Don't friend everyone
This is just a recommendation, but, unlike Twitter, when you friend someone on Foursquare they have access to your cellphone number. When you sign up you need to associate a number with your account - this number is shared with anyone you friend.
Search before adding a new venue
Vancouver is the first city to launch with foursquare without a pre-populated list of venues, instead we have to manually add listings as we go. Before adding a new place do a quick search. If you encounter duplicate entries, report them, and if information for a listing isn't correct, edit it. Every Vancouver user has SuperUser - Level 1 status which allows for editing/adding venues.
When adding a listing be sure to specify exactly which one you're at. This is a problem with chain restaurants and coffee shops. Be sure to specify you're at Blenz Yaletown or Blenz Main. If you come across these generic listings be sure to login and edit them for the rest of us.
Don't check-in somewhere if you're not physically there
Don't check in at work to prove to your boss that you're in the office if you're actually laying in bed in east van. Believe me, I've tried.. doesn't work out well.
Nicholas Moinar said: I'll add one: Don't check in somewhere totally mundane, transitory, or impossible for anyone else to visit. It just isn't interesting to know that you are in a skytrain station. Nobody cares. Same goes for the bar that you just walked by, but never went into. If you aren't going to spend enough time at a place for someone already on the same block to come and say hello, what is the point of checking in?
Nicholas Molnar said: I'm having an interesting conversation on Twitter with @drewdavies about the possibility of having generic "My Place In [Neighborhood Name]" to signify times when your house is a public venue, and without having to give your address out. That seems like a cleaner model than everyone posting their individual apartments, and less restrictive than simply abolishing the behaviour. If people are willing to check into their homes: let them...in the right context.
Grace said: These are awesome tips for virgins and noobs. I wish I'd read this BEFORE I gave my number to half the world, although it made for an entertaining evening of texts received from and sent to random numbers. NB, all ye virgins: dominating Vancouver may be easier than you think. You might enjoy this tale of how one Invoke partner nearly became the foursquare mayor of Los Angeles: http://www.invokemedia.com/how-i-almost-became-the-foursquare-mayor-of-la-in-5-days/
Mitch Badwin: Happy I came across this Techvibes blog post about tips on using Foursquare. Thanks for the great tips. And thanks to Chris Breikss and the gang at 6sMarketing for the great job they did in getting Vancouver as the first Foursquare city in Canada.