As a countdown to the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting at Davos, we’re profiling all 30 of our fellow 2011 Tech Pioneer award winners. Check our full profile series to learn more.
What they do:
Foursquare is a free mobile application that combines the fun of exploration with gaming and social networking. Users “check in” at coffee shops, parks, bars, restaurants, gyms, office buildings, you name it, to find friends and give others insider tips about their favorite (or least favorite!) locations. Check in somewhere more often than anyone else and you are granted a “mayorship”–much easier than actually running for municipal government, in our opinion. Another perk? Many merchants also offer special deals or rewards to foursquare users.
Why it’s cool:
Step away from the computer… kind of. Foursquare allows you to keep in touch with your friends via social networking–without having to stay chained to your desk. It’s a great excuse to try out new places and meet others with similar interests. Did you always want to be the Mayor of McDonalds? Hey, dreams really can come true.