About a month ago I received an invite to join the beta program for the Windows Mobile Foursquare client. Those who follow me on Twitter were probably a bit surprised to suddenly see me giving out foursquare updates. Alas, the beta seemed to stop functioning after a few tries and I could no longer send updates without getting an error.
Quick side note: What is this about? Well, if you haven’t heard of Foursquare yet, this might help:
WinMoSquare is a cross between a friend-finder, a social city-guide and a game that rewards you for doing interesting things. We aim to build things to not only help you keep up with the places your friends go, but that encourage you to discover new places and challenge you to explore your neighborhood in new ways.
This week I figured I should at least take a moment and report the errors – but first opted to check the beta’s download link. Ah ha! A new version was available (side note: The download link and file name I give below never change… Best way to see if there’s been an update that I know of is to download it and open up the .cab and check file dates).
The current beta version is working well for me so far. My only beef is that it runs a bit sluggishly. However, I suspect that’s more of an issue with my phone (An HTC Mogul that’s 2.5 years old now) than the software. I just can’t be in a hurry while checking in.
Getting the Beta
I received my original beta notice via email. Since I don’t see any provisions about sharing, here’s one place that you can find it, direct from the developer: http://www.touchality.com/winmosquare.cab
A Use for Foursquare?
While using the beta yesterday, I may have unintentionally found an actual use for foursquare beyond satisfying my inner extrovert. I had just arrived at a restaurant and decided to try out the mobile client while waiting for the rest of my party:
It turns out that seeing that message come across twitter is what reminded the friend that he had lunch plans. He arrived shortly after, just barely late.
And there you go: Foursquare and twitter combined as a social calendar.