Just when I was about to give up hope of ever becoming mayor of Mashable HQ on Foursquare, the location-sharing social network has launched a new feature that might help alleviate my checkin fatigue: “am I mayor yet?”
According to the new feature, which launched this afternoon, I’m just four days away from becoming mayor of our New York City office. I know that because the service now tells you within the mobile app after each checkin (and with Mashable’s Brett Petersel on vacation, my dream might just come true).
In a blog post, Foursquare reminds us how mayorships work, writing that “you need to have checked in more days than anyone else over the last two months (60 days), so only one check-in per day counts.” Earlier this year, the service also introduced some new features to prevent so-called “gaming” of the mayorship system, an increasingly important issue as more brands begin to offer real world rewards for checkins.
Third-party developers had already built a number of apps – like “When Will I Be Mayor” – that do essentially the same thing that Foursquare has just integrated into its service. For those that care about the mayorship aspect of the game, bringing the functionality in-house should go a long way in keeping users engaged.