Developers: Foursquare Wants to Show Off Your Apps

Adam DuVander
May. 18 2010, 01:18AM EDT

One of the most important--and too often forgotten--pieces of a successful API is promoting what developers have built. Doing so should be a win-win, as both platform and developer should benefit from third-party apps being discovered by users. Location-sharing service Foursquare just re-vamped its application gallery and now any developer can be included.

Among those currently featured are iPhone apps Kickball (which we covered previously) and Fourface (shown above). On the web side, Fortysquires is a FourSquare app built in HTML5.

Some apps aren't meant for your standard check-in. Mob Zombies "pits you against zombie hordes generated by human activity at real places." Shakedown is built specifically for people waiting in the Shake Shack line in New York City.

When Foursquare launched its API, it started with a simple gallery. It has now been expanded and categorized. And the best part--you can add your own (login required). If you have a Foursquare app, make sure it gets the star treatment, or see the full gallery for inspiration.

Adam DuVander -- Adam heads developer relations at Orchestrate, a database-as-a-service company. He's spent many years analyzing APIs and developer tools. Previously he worked at SendGrid, edited ProgrammableWeb and wrote for Wired and Webmonkey. Adam is also the author of mapping API cookbook Map Scripting 101.

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