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).


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.


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

As promised, some cool new features have been added to Osnapz during the holidays.  Some of them have been out for a little while now and lots of you have been using them already, but here’s the recap.

  • LinkedIn has been added!  Existing users may now link their LinkedIn account on the “social sites” tab.  New users have the option of registering with their LinkedIn account.  Either way, once you link it, you can then use the LinkedIn button to sign-in to Osnapz.  There aren’t currently any LinkedIn achievement badges yet, but I’ll soon get some badges up for # of recommendations and connections.  You LinkedIn activity is being included in your social media experience points.  See the “experience” tab for details.
  • YouTube has been re-added.  After a brief disappearance, YouTube is back as a supported site.  As usual, you can add YouTube on the “social sites” tab or register and login using the YouTube button.  There are currently 2 different sets of YouTube achievement badges, and your YouTube activity is included in your experience points and level.
  • New experience points and level.  Your quantifiable social media activity is now being rewarded points, which will determine your social media experience level.  Simple activities (such as posting a tweet) are worth fewer points than more difficult tasks (such as uploading a video or getting a recommendation).  The idea is that the more social media activities you perform, the greater your social media experience is.  You social media level increases as you gain more points, with each successive level being more difficult to obtain.  You can see full details of your experience points in your account on the new “experience” tab.  A summary of your points and level is also now displayed in your account dashboard as well as your public profile.  Check the home page to see some example screenshots if you’re not yet a member.

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!

I was determined this week to get YouTube added as a supported site on Osnapz, and I’m happy to report that it’s up and running! You’ll now notice a YouTube login button at the top of the screen, along with the Twitter and Facebook login buttons.

Important: If you’re already an Osnapz member, simply login with your Twitter or Facebook account, then go to the “social sites” tab to add YouTube.

If you’re not already an Osnapz member, then go to the registration page, and choose which site (Twitter, Facebook or YouTube) you’d like to sign-up with.

Either way you add YouTube, you’ll be redirected to the YouTube authorization page where you’ll need sign in with your Google/YouTube credentials, then click the “Allow Access” button so that Osnapz can gather your YouTube account data. As with the Twitter and Facebook login, Osnapz will never have access to your password on those sites. It means more security for you, and eases the registration and login process for you.

The first set of YouTube achievement badges are for how many videos you’ve watched! Here are some of them, with a fun movie snack theme!

The second set of YouTube achievement badges are for how many channel or profile views you’ve received. The more views you’ve got, the more eyes the monsters have! Here are a few of them:
The next set of YouTube I’ll be adding will be for the number of subscribers you have, stay tuned for that!

Do you know when you joined Twitter? Were you on the bleeding edge and joined Twitter the minute it released, or are you a bandwagon jumper and just joined Twitter because of all the buzz? Well, Osnapz has 5 new badges for you! Check them out here and go to Osnapz to see which you get!



Bleeding Edge

Bleeding Edge

Early Bird

Early Bird

Late Comer

Late Comer

On the Bandwagon

On the Bandwagon