Tuesday, August 21, 2012

How To: Tag a Friend on Facebook & Twitter in a foursquare Check-In

Note: This post originally appeared on my other site foursquareramblings.com. Please visit it for more of the latest foursquare badges, news and tips.

Facebook announced today that they are now allowing Open Graph app developers to include user mentions in their functionality. When an Open Graph app user mentions a Facebook user, three things will happen:

  1. The mentioned user's name is linked to their Facebook profile in the app user's timeline story;

  2. The mentioned user receives a Facebook notification that they have been mentioned; and

  3. A story is published to the mentioned user's timeline.

Wasting no time, foursquare blogged about a minute after the Facebook announcement that they have now added this new Facebook functionality.

Users have already been able to tag Twitter users in their check-ins, so now you are able to check-in to a venue and mention a foursquare friend on Facebook, Twitter, or both.

Image Credit: foursquare

Mentioning a friend is simple:

  1. Begin to check-in to a venue and in the start typing a foursquare friend's name in the text (shout out) area;

  2. The friend's image should pop up. Select it.

  3. Tap the Facebook and/or Twitter icon at the bottom of the check-in and maker sure that they appear highlighted.

  4. Finish the check-in and then check your Facebook timeline or Twitter feed (depending on where you shared the check-in to). You should see the post or tweet and the friend's name should be linked to their corresponding account.

Of course, there are a couple of restrictions:

  1. You need to have your foursquare account connected to your Facebook and/or Twitter account; and

  2. The friend you mention needs to have their Facebook and/or Twitter account attached to their foursquare account.

This is a nice step in tying a few of your social activities together. Try it out and let us know what you think about the new functionality in the comments below...
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