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!

Gowalla just recently released their API to the public and Osnapz now has a list of top Gowalla users, similar to the list of top foursquare users.  While working on these lists, I’ve seen several interesting things about foursquare and Gowalla users:

  • If you sort the lists by Friends, you’ll see a lot of the same users at the top of the list.
    • @elavrov is #1 on foursquare and #2 on Gowalla,
    • @waynesutton is #1 on Gowalla and #16 on foursquare
    • @loic is #5 on foursquare and #3 on Gowalla
    • Other top users on both lists: @jonathan360, @davepeck, @steverubel, @clatko
  • The number of friends  is far greater on foursquare than Gowalla.  There are currently 24 people with 1000+ friends on foursquare, while the max on Gowalla is in the 700’s.  Does that mean people are engaging and sharing with their friends more on foursquare?
  • While processing Gowalla member stats, I’m seeing around 40-50% of Gowalla users with no stamps, meaning they have never checked in anywhere and aren’t using the service
  • While updating foursquare member stats, I see a fair number of foursquare accounts which were once active, and are now deleted.  Seems like a fair number of people stop using the service and decide to delete their account.
  • The founders of foursquare and Gowalla are checking each other out, but not using the competition much
  • Some of the top foursquare users who are also on Gowalla, but much more active on foursquare
    • @scobleizer, @typezero3, @carl, @stevekeys

Well, its been a busy couple of weeks lately so I haven’t had a chance to update the blog recently. Lots of cool things have been happening at Osnapz, here’s a recap of some of the latest.

  • Added a list of Top Foursquare Users, which ranks foursquare users by # of friends and mayorships, filterable by city.  Blocks of users are updated every few minutes to keep the list up to date.  The list is monitoring almost 30,000 foursquare users now, and adding more all the time!
  • Techcrunch did a write up of the top foursquare user’s list on 12/3.  Funny how it turned out to be an article about the most stalker-friendly people on the web.  Thanks for the write-up MG!
  • Both foursquare and Twitter have white listed Osnapz, so that Osnapz can make lots of API calls to keep all our member data and stats up-to-date
  • Updated the top foursquare users list to also rank users by # of checkins, checkin days, and venues visited.  This is only for Osnapz members who’ve linked their foursquare account though.
  • Had to disable YouTube integration for now, because I was previously using Google’s AuthSub for authentication, which had problems.  I attempted to switch to using OAuth, but haven’t managed to get it working yet, so till that’s figured out, YouTube will be disabled.  Members who already have YouTube badges won’t be affected.
  • Working currently on adding LinkedIn, since they recently opened up their API to all developers!
  • Working on a really cool new feature to display your true social media score!

A couple of cool new features have been added to Osnapz in the last few weeks, all related to the red hot foursquare site. Check them out if you’re not already familiar with their site.

You can now register and sign in with your existing foursquare account, using OAuth, which means as usual, Osnapz will never have access to any of your private login information. Or if you’re already an Osnapz member and want to add your foursquare account, head over the ‘social sites’ tab in your member account to add foursquare. Once added, all your existing foursquare badges will be imported into Osnapz!

There’s also a new list of top foursquare players, so you can see who’s got the most friends and mayorships. You can view all players across cities, or select the city you’re interested in. BTW, this list was heavily inspired by Twitterholic. The list is updated randomly many times a day, so if you think you should be on the list but don’t see your name, be patient, or you can message me at @getosnapz on Twitter and I can add you.

More new foursquare features are in the works as well, so check back soon!