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Foursquare Says We Aren't A Place To Socialize

Published April 26, 2010

Foursquare LogoFoursquare announced a new business section to allow businesses to place specials on their Foursquare venue pages and print decals to be placed on their doors or windows.

Last week I was able to get a special on my venue, RustyBrick on Foursquare. But as of yesterday, my special was taken away. I received an email from "team foursquare" with the explanation:


Hey there!

While we're working the kinks out of our system, we're trying to limit foursquare specials to places where people meet, socialize and linger. Think: cafes, bars, restaurants, coffee shops, museums, theaters, etc. But stay tuned! We'll be expanding the system soon, and you'll be one of the first to know when we're ready for all types of business! :)

We've tried to make this process as simple as possible but are always looking to improve it, so please send any questions or suggestions to bizhelp@foursquare.com.


- team foursquare


Yea, it makes sense - but RustyBrick can be a very fun and social place. Don't believe me, just read our stories on our RustyBrick blog.

Here are screen shots of the specials being there and then today, they are gone:

Foursquare Specials

Foursquare Offers

Today, it is gone:

Foursquare Specials

I should also note that I am a Foursquare "superuser," which means I have certain powers at Foursquare.

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Barry Schwartz is the CEO of RustyBrick, a New York Web service firm specializing in customized online technology that helps companies decrease costs and increase sales. Barry is also the founder of the Search Engine Roundtable and the News Editor of Search Engine Land. He is well known & respected for his expertise in the search marketing industry. Barry graduated from the City University of New York and lives with his family in the NYC region.

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