U.S. President Barack Obama, who already has a Twitter and Facebook account and held town meetings on both, increased his social graph even further by joining FourSquare this week. FourSquare is a social network based on geographical location that also uses elements of gaming. Members “check-in” at locations with their smartphone or via text message, and are awarded points based on the venue.
President Obama will be using the new White House FourSquare account to check in at various locations during his economic bus tour in the mid-west. Mr. Obama left his first FourSquare “Tip” a link to a blog post describing the tour’s first visit to Lower Hannah’s Bend Park in Minnesota. FourSquare members who visit the White House can visit the White House FourSquare page to check-in and users can also subscribe to Mr. Obama’s future “Tips”.
FourSquare has automatically set up the White House account to follow people back so that Mr. Obama will not need to respond to the very large number of requests to follow him.