FourSquare Mashup Lets You Find Popular Places

Adam DuVander
Jun. 25 2010, 02:15PM EDT

With a domain like map.pr, you'd think this would be another link shortener. Instead, it uses the Foursquare API to give you a great way to visualize popular places on FourSquare. And, if you're following the World Cup, you can also use Mappr to find spots frequented by fellow fans.

Mappr lets you filter locations by categories, such as shops, nightlife and sights. I imagine it would be a great way to get a local's view of a new city. You can also discover the spots in your own city that are popular. Mappr's icons, each representing a venue's category, change size depending on its relative popularity. It appears to take into account the neighborhood's aggregated popularity, so that you aren't overwhelmed by large icons from the hip hoods.

During the World Cup you can also filter by teams. This lets you see where your fellow fans are checking in, so you can join them. Or, look for rival fans so you know to stay away.

There's also an iPhone app, but based on my tests I'd recommend skipping it. The web version is useful enough, though it's a shame there isn't a good way to get the same info on-the-go.

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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Bart

Hi Adam,

Thanks for the write-up of Mappr! Surely the world needs one less link shortener, so trying to put map.pr to good use.

Our iPhone app is pretty basic right now, but we have another version awaiting approval by the Apple overlords. Hopefully that one would go a long way to address the issues you found with the version you tested.

We will also get a mobile web version out there shortly to support webkit browsers, so this will give you the nice search experience without any download.

Bart

Co-founder, Mappr