Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley says his location-based services startup is looking to ink data deals with indexing and search providers Google, Yahoo and Microsoft Bing.
is looking to
ink data deals with Google, Yahoo and Microsoft Bing in the search market, according
to the company's CEO.
Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley told the Telegraph
19 that his location-based services startup, which lets users earn badges by
checking into bars and restaurants via an application on their mobile phones,
is trying to bring Foursquare data to the major search engines.
"Our data generates hugely interesting trends which would enrich
search," Crowley told the Telegraph.
Crowley, who left Google after the company acquired and squandered his
startup Dodgeball, pointed to microblog site Twitter's deals with Google, Yahoo
and Bing to illustrate how deals with Foursquare might work.
These search engines all suck in real-time tweets from Twitter's more than
100 million users and present them within relevant results.
While Twitter surfaces what people are talking about on search engines,
Foursquare's data would "show venues which are trending at that
moment." Data about people would be anonymized and just the most popular
businesses would be listed, Crowley
ReadWriteWeb provides some very good examples of how Foursquare data might be used by search engines here.
Foursquare, which has just passed the 2-million-user mark, provides users with
special deals with Foursquare partners, a move that keeps consumers playing the
For example, Starbucks offers $1 off any size
for Foursquare "mayors" (Foursquare users who have
had the most check-ins at a place in 60 days) and has seen a 50 percent
increase in Foursquare check-ins at its locations.
Accordingly, Foursquare is perhaps the location-based service with the
greatest upside out of Google Latitude, Google Buzz, Gowalla, Loopt and other
comparable services toiling away in the nascent market.
While Crowley declined to
discuss time frames for deals with Google, Bing and Yahoo, Foursquare already
enjoys a minor integration with Microsoft's Bing Maps.
Bing Maps uses data from the Foursquare
application to help users track where their friends are in real time. Users can see who has unlocked specific badges and where, and who has been named
mayor of certain venues.
"This is one of the first times we've really been able to visualize
Foursquare on a map like this, which is great," Crowley
Foursquare banked $20 million in
in July from Union Square Ventures, O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures and
The money will be used to hire more engineers and build out infrastructure
as Foursquare prepares for the next growth spurt.