A couple of nifty new updates to our foursquare brand list rankings have just been added. While seeing current rankings is interesting, seeing the ranking history and knowing how much a brand has moved in the rankings is even more interesting. So we’ve added a new “1 Wk Change” column, which displays the brand’s change in rank from 1 week ago. You can see some brands are holding steady, with 0 change. Others are gaining and others are losing ground.

We’ve also added a new View Stats link for each brand where you view the historical follower and ranking numbers on some pretty timeline charts. The charts are interactive so you can mouse over and drag around to play with the charts.

There’s also a new “Show All Brand Banners” check box at the top. Now that there are so many brands, displaying every brand banner on the page was just too slow. So we only display the top 50 brand branners by default. If you wanna see them all, just click the checkbox.

Also, not new, but good know…Osnapz members can click the “Check Followers Status Now” link at the top, and we’ll tell you whether you’re already following each brand or not. And if not, you can click a button to quickly follow the brand.

This Week’s Biggest Movers

The week’s biggest climber is (RED), with a +42 climb in rankings. Their special Dec. 1 (RED) badge was obviously successful in getting a large number of followers. Check out their graph as well by clicking their View Stats link.

Other double digit gainers are:
Timeout Melbourne +17
SÜDWEST PRESSE Online +15
Liberty University +14
Missouri State University +13
University of Louisville O. +12
The Magnificent Mile +11
Volcom Entertainment +11
University of Lincoln +11
HUGO BOSS +10
Monster Energy Supercross +10

The biggest drop in rankings is Theory, dropping 16 spots to #195.

Check out the updated foursquare brand list here.

I DO!  And from the sound of it on various blog posts and Foursquare’s Get Satisfaction page, a lot of other Foursquare users do as well.  Foursquare is fun for awhile, checking in everywhere you go, getting mayorships and notifications of where your friends are at.  But a big part of the fun for a lot of people is getting the badges.  Checking in after while gets old without any incentive.  Especially if you’re checking into multiple applications.  When you’ve got Foursquare, Gowalla, Brightkite, LooptStar, CauseWorld, and Whrrl all on your phone (as I do), and you’ve only got a few seconds to checkin, which app are you going to choose?    For me, its the one that’s the most fun and provides some type of  incentive.  Foursquare’s mayorships and badges provide that nice little gaming element without going overboard.

The problem is, Foursquare’s badges are fairly limited and many are impossible to get for the majority of users.  There are a lot of tech event specific badges and a lot of New York badges.  There seems to be no love for the West coast (only 2 San Francisco badges, and 1 Vancouver, Canada badge).  As a Seattleite and someone who doesn’t go to big tech events, I feel very left out.  For sure, there are a lot you who feel the same way.

So Osnapz now has custom-made Foursquare badges for you to earn!

Seattle Skyliner

What a beautiful view, that Seattle skyline. Yeah, you know the best spots to see it!

Seattle’s gotta have it’s own Foursquare badge, so here’s one for Seattle Foursquare fans.  Check into some of Seattle’s best viewpoints to get this (you’ll have to figure out how many and where).

Marihawks

You're a true Seattle sports fan...checking into both Qwest Field and Safeco Field.

Ok Seattle’s gotta have another one.  Mariners, Seahawks, and/or Sounders FC fan?  Then this one should be a breeze for you.

Pho’ster

You really love your hot bowl of Pho, but then again who doesn't?

This is for everyone who loves pho!  You’ve gotta really love pho to get this.

General Tso’s

Nom nom, love that General Tso's and hot and sour soup!

For the Chinese food fans, this is for you.  You don’t have to have ordered General Tso’s chicken to get this, any Chinese food will do!

Consider this an add on to your current Foursquare experience.  To get started, first join Osnapz and link your Foursquare account. Then follow the Osnapz account. If you’re a Twitter and Facebook fan as well, you may even get the Double-O-Snapz badge as well!

What other Foursquare badges would you like to see? If you have suggestions for new Foursquare badges you’d like to see us make, feel free to suggest it on our Get Satisfaction page. We plan on releasing several new badges every month!

For Businesses

Do you have a Foursquare venue and want to reward checkins and mayorships with your own branded Foursquare badges? You can do that with Osnapz too. Find out more at Osnapz for Business and register for the private beta!