October 27th, 2010
06:45 PM ET
12 years ago

Foursquare announces an "I Voted" badge

New York (CNN)–When pulling the lever on Election Day, Foursquare users can "check in" and receive a special badge the company announced on Wednesday.

Foursquare, a location-based mobile application that lets users "check in" to venues and compete for virtual badges, unveiled their "I Voted" badge.

A user unlocks the badge by checking in to one of any 107,000 polling places and writing "voted," "vote" or "voting" in a shout (a message attached to a check in).

Foursquare is one of the fastest-growing social networks with over four million users.

"Every day we see new examples of Foursquare encouraging and reinforcing positive behaviors," said Foursquare's Eric Friedman in a statement. "We're excited to harness the power of Foursquare to drive civic engagement through the 'I Voted' badge."

Gowalla, a similar location based network, announced Monday an "I Voted" Pin that users receive when checking in to a polling station and telling their friends on Twitter or Facebook.

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  1. T'SAH from Virginia

    DON'T count the votes BEFORE the poll centers close!!!

    October 27, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  2. Mary Beth in NJ

    Ha ha. What a complete waste of time.

    October 27, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  3. La Piovra

    It's a pretty idea, but we should vote, with or without gold stars. The prize, if we are informed and diligent, is a responsive government. Meanwhile, your survey question is mush. An amendment to what to hunt and fish for what, and how? Certainly, anyone should be able to drop a line from a cane pole and take home a couple of bream, catfish, or shellcrackers for the skillet, as long as the waters are safe. Handling a gun takes a lot more responsibility; humane hunting takes a lot more skill and dedication; the supplies of game animals and sport fish can fluctuate wildly, and sometimes seasons must be closed to preserve their populations. Only city slickers could have come with such a mushy question. Try to think of something more cogent to ask next time.

    October 27, 2010 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  4. Sherri W.W.

    Good idea!~~I wish MORE ORGANIZATIONS OF Every Kind,would get going~get on the bandwagon,and help return sense to this country NOW!~There are many millions of folks in America who do NOT want what is being sold by right ring crazies~and we,an our families WILL all pay for this,if we dont even TRY tofight back!~For ANY thinking,caring person,what,for instance, Newt Gingrich told those students,should be ALL we need to hear,to get moving against this nonsense!These people DO NOT define America?and we MUST not LET THEM!~And,for this country to stand by while our President is talked about like this ,and Threatened,really~which IS AGAINST THE LAW~we are failing each other AND Our Families!~Lets the good oganizations return sanity to OUR AMERICA PLEASE~for us all!

    October 28, 2010 02:17 am at 2:17 am |