Delivery.com, the leading site for ordering from local delivery places, is the latest site to integrate foursquare check-ins directly into their service, but their integration a little different than most. Since you’re never physically at the location, these are virtual check-ins, designed to be shared with your friends and appear in your history, but nothing more.
When you order from Delivery.com’s list of nearlyÂ 10,000 restaurants, caterers, grocers, and florists, you’ll be prompted to check in on foursquare. According to Venture Beat, the check-ins won’t count toward badges, points or mayorships. They’re for informational purposes only.
The virtual-checkins do count toward theÂ algorithmsÂ that power foursquare Explore, since eating food delivered from a place is essentially the same as eating there in person, making it a valid signal for recommendations.
On top of the virtual check-ins, Delivery.com has added foursquare integration throughout the site. You can sort restaurants in the list by their number of foursquare check-ins and place pages now feature both foursquare tips and photos to help you decide what to order. Foursquare users can even add tips directly from the Delivery.com site.
What do you think of the virtual check-ins offered by Delivery.com?