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These Maps Visualize Social Media Utopias Using Foursquare Check-Ins

“Generating Utopias” maps out topologies based on the frequency of check-ins in cities.

A data visualization of a German town called Würzburg, using Foursquare check-ins. Image by Stefan Wagner.

A data visualization of a German town called Würzburg, using Foursquare check-ins. Image by Stefan Wagner.

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Now and Then: Pogs Vs. Foursquare

Our "Now and Then" series continues with two worthless obsessions: pogs and Foursquare.

In our week-long series, Now and Then, GOOD writers each choose a beloved piece of pop culture from back in the day and pit it against its modern-day equivalent, with a fresh pair of adult eyes. May the best zeitgeist win.

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The Anti-Groupon: New App Lets Repeat Customers Say Thanks New App We&Co Lets Customers Say Thanks, Get Free Stuff

Part Yelp, part FourSquare, this new app will help you become a regular at local businesses by actually getting to know the people who work there.


People like to brag about where they go, and they dig the idea of competing to "check in" more: FourSquare grew 3,400 percent last year. A new app is betting people will want to say thanks as much as they like saying, "I'm here."

GOOD got a sneak peek at We&Co, which launches publicly today after a test run in Atlanta. “Instead of the check in, our central action is the thank you,” We&Co's Creative Director Meggan Wood tells GOOD. "We want to take the emphasis off the place and put it on the people." This one is for the employees, the beloved barista, inventive mixologist and dependable hairstylist. Now the people who make up one-tenth of the labor force finally have a public pedestal. There's even a thank-o-meter.

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