How to Join Foursquare

Foursquare is a location-based social network for mobile devices enabling users to check in at different venues using the app from their phones. Companies can create pages, allowing users to follow them.



Location-based service, Foursquare is a website for mobile devices, allowing users to check in to different venues. Collecting the data from the GPS location, this service is used to share the information about the locations in different cities. As a result, Foursquare is especially popular among travelers who are interested in finding popular places in the cities they visit.

Available worldwide from 2009, the service now has over 40 million users.

Using Foursquare brand option to create pages enables companies to create their online presentation on this social network, to receive feedback and encourage users to check in. 



* You may browse the Site and view Content without registering, but as a condition to using certain aspects of the Service, you are required to register with Foursquare and represent, warrant and covenant that you provide Foursquare with accurate and complete registration information (including, but not limited to a user name (“User Name”), e-mail address and a password you will use to access the Service) and to keep your registration information accurate and up-to-date. Failure to do so shall constitute a breach of these Terms of Use, which may result in immediate termination of your Foursquare account. We recommend, but do not require, that you use your own name as your User Name so your friends can recognize you more easily.

* You shall not:
– create any account for anyone other than yourself without such person’s permission;
– use a User Name that is the name of another person with the intent to impersonate that person;
– use a User Name or Foursquare account that is subject to any rights of a person other than you without appropriate authorization; or
– use a User Name that is a name that is otherwise offensive, vulgar or obscene or otherwise unlawful.

* You represent and warrant that if you are an individual, you are of legal age to form a binding contract, or that if you are registering on behalf of an entity, that you are authorized to enter into, and bind the entity to, these Terms of Use and register for the Service. The Service is not available to individuals who are younger than 13 years old.

* What information is public?
When you create an account on Foursquare, the following is viewable to the public. Note that some elements are optional or can be edited.
Your name / Profile photo / Home city / Your bio / Links to Twitter and Facebook (if they’re connected) / Mayorships / Badges / Your Foursquare friends / Tips and Lists / Check-in comments / Likes/Dislikes / Check-ins shared to Facebook and/or Twitter / “Here now”


* If you have a “Page” on the Service, you also agree to the following:
– Pages are special profiles that may only be used to promote a business or other commercial, political, or charitable organization or endeavor (including non-profit organizations, political campaigns, bands, and celebrities).
– You may only administer a Page if you are an authorized representative of the subject of the Page.
– All Content posted on the Pages will be made available to all users of the Services.
– You may not display any Content on your Page that is an ad or could be construed as an ad.
– You may not establish terms beyond those set forth in these Terms of Use to govern the use of the Page you administer.
– Your Page will not be used primarily or substantially to promote or advertise alcohol or tobacco products, firearms, or other products or services that may not be lawfully purchased or used by minors.
– You will not direct your Page, or any Content on your Page, to children under the age of 13.
– If you collect information about users, you will only use such information for your internal business purposes in connection with your use of the Service and in accordance with Foursquare’s Privacy Policy.
– You will not use deceptive practices to get users to “like” your Page.
– You are responsible for ensuring that your Page, including any Content you post on your Page, shall comply with all applicable laws, rules and regulations and these Terms of Use, and any advertising, marketing, privacy, or other self-regulatory code(s) applicable to your industry.

In order to claim a Venues or an Event, a Manager must be invited and/or approved by Foursquare and complete the applicable verification process for such Venue or Event to become an “Authorized Venues” or an “Authorized Event,” as applicable, and to access the ServicePlatform. If you are registering as a business entity, you represent and warrant that you have the authority to bind the entity to this Agreement.

* Photo Best Practices
How to be the best foursquare photographer possible

Taking photos is more an art than a science, but we’ve got some tips to help make sure that yours are as good as possible.

Lighting and framing! Make it pretty. People love pretty things.
Originality! Upload your photos, not somebody else’s.
Keep it appropriate. Though nudity is natural, not everyone wants to see it. The same goes for hateful things, spam, and irrelevant photos. So steer away from naked people, mean-ness, gross-ness, inappropriate-ness and anything else that you wouldn’t want to see when you’re exploring. If The New York Times would object to printing it, chances are that the foursquare community would also.
Be respectful. Don’t take photos that include people’s private information, like a credit card number or phone number, and don’t upload a photo of anyone who doesn’t want their picture uploaded. Think twice: you wouldn’t want your private info shared either.
Be yourself. Foursquare is a community of people, and you’re a big part of that. Take photos and have fun.




Use an email address to create an account on Foursquare, or connect with Facebook or Google+.


Customize the profile

After you login, go to your profile page and customize your profile. You can add a profile image, set the location (in order to see recommendation for that location), connect with other social networks to share Foursquare activity, etc.


Create a page

If you are a local business, Foursquare is a social network which can help you with online promotion. You should create a page and then people can check in, review, etc.

You will need to login to your existing Foursquare account, and use the option for businesses, available in the footer of the page, or use the following link:

Add the business and the location, after which you will have to go through the process of verification in order to confirm that you are the owner (or the representative) of the business in question.



Additional Resources

FourSquare for Business:

FourSquare Terms of Use:

FourSquare Venue Terms:

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