Foursquare grew over 3,000 percent in 2010

foursquareFoursquare has a lot to brag about. In the last year, its user base grew by 3,400 percent, and this week registered its six millionth member (and a million accounts were created in the last six weeks). “Honestly, 2010 was just insane,” reads the site’s blog. Modest, when you think about the competition Foursquare’s faced.

While definitely early to the geo-social scene, Foursquare has been going head-to-head with nearly everyone, including well-established sites like Facebook, which introduced a check-in and rewards components, and Yelp’s addition of coupon rewards. Not to mention the fact that, apparently, there isn’t a ton of public interest in social media or geo-social services to begin with. Despite all of that, Foursquare killed.

So what did it do to firmly reassert itself as master of the check-in domain? Not a lot actually. Besides ousting fake mayors and improving its mobile platform, Foursquare stuck with its original formula. Still, its mobile presence has been a big boon to its success. Just recently, the geo-social pioneer added photo and commenting support, which have reportedly gone over well with users: After only three weeks, a million photos were uploaded. It also made it easier for users to check off their check-in lists with alerts that show they’re near a listed locale.

At the DLD conference in Munich, Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley told Reuters that his company is, “…in a good place right now. We’ve got enough money to go through the end of the year.” He also emphasized the focus Foursquare is putting on working with local vendors, and how aiding this communication between consumers and retailers is what the site is all about. And it’s clearly a profitable method: Groupon’s been proving all year that local is a winning demographic that just can’t be beat right now. Also like Groupon, Foursquare rejected buyout offers. Crowley confirmed that Facebook and Yahoo bid on the company, but were turned down for a round of financing that increased its valuation to $120 million (which the CEO says is now approximately $240 million).

Foursquare summarized its staggering growth in the infographic below.

Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Robo sidekicks, AC for your bed, and more

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the Web this week. You can't buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!

New 'Fortnite' challenge is among the most difficult yet, but we know the solution

Where are the Stone Heads looking? That's the challenge posed by Fortnite's sixth week of season five. It's an easy challenge in concept, but difficult to manage in execution. If you don't want a hassle, no sweat. We've found the solution.

Sixth public beta of iOS 12 still lacks one key feature

At this year's Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple unveiled its latest operating system, iOS 12. From app updates to group FaceTime, ARKit 2.0, and more, here are all the new features in iOS 12.
Social Media

New deal suggests Facebook is looking to add sweet interactive tools for Live

Facebook now owns a company that specializes in creating interactive live video experiences with polls, viewer comments, and more. Vidpresso says the change will help it bring the interactive tools to more users.

Walmart Back to College sale: Save big on computers, TVs, tablets, and more

Walmart's Back to College sale is your chance to score big discounts on name-brand electronics, so whether you're getting ahead of the new school year or just doing some shopping, we've picked out the best deals that can save you hundreds…

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 850 chip appears in benchmarks with improved performance

A benchmark for Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 850 processor show a less-than-stellar increase in multi-core performance over the previous 835 chip. Introduced in June, the Snapdragon 850 promises up to 30 percent better performance.
Product Review

Recent production woes make the Eve V a worse buy than it once was

Our Eve V review looks at a crowdsourced detachable tablet that checks some boxes for its backers. Its delay in making it to the market holds it back in some areas, and Eve Technology is an unknown quantity.

These 30 apps are absolutely essential for Mac lovers

There are literally hundreds of thousands of great software programs compatible with MacOS, but which should you download? Look no further than our list of the best Mac apps you can find for the latest MacOS and how they can help out your…

Apple’s rumored entry-level MacBook may appear in September starting at $1,200

Apple may reveal new products in September including an entry-level 13-inch MacBook based on Intel’s seventh-generation processors. Apple originally intended these units to rely on Intel’s now-delayed 10nm “Cannon Lake” processors.

AirDrop makes sending files to Apple devices easy -- here's how

Want to send files or photos to your friends when you're standing directly beside them? Instead of texting or emailing, why not learn how to use AirDrop? Here's everything you need to know about using AirDrop on both iOS and MacOS.

Stay safe on the web and save up to $70 with McAfee Total Protection

If you don't have some sort of protection on your phone, tablet, or computer, you're basically leaving the door open for anyone looking to do some cyber burgling. Protect yourself for a year with McAfee Total Protection for just $30.

PDF to JPG conversion is quick and easy using these simple methods

Converting file formats can be an absolute pain, but it doesn't have to be. We've put together a comprehensive guide on how to convert a PDF to JPG, no matter which operating system you're running.

With Q#, Microsoft is throwing programmers the keys to quantum

Quantum computers aren’t yet practical, but Microsoft has already developed a programming language for them. Q# works inside Visual Studio, just like most other languages, and could offer a gateway into the weird world of quantum physics.

Here's how to convert an MP4 to an MP3 file with online and offline tools

Sometimes you just want the audio without the video. In this guide, we'll show you how to convert an MP4 to an MP3 using web-based software and dedicated programs for both Windows and MacOS.