Foursquare’s history page hides one of the service’s hidden gems: the feeds page. It provides three feeds of all your check-ins in standard internet formats, making it easy to integrate foursquare with all sorts of other tools.
The feeds date to a time before developers were building applications on the foursquare API, which makes it easier and more secure to connect applications to your foursquare check-in data. They’re still available, though, because not every application has integrated with foursquare.
You’ll find the feeds in the lower right-hand corner of the foursquare history page behind the “RSS/ICS/KML” link (on the previous history page it appeared as just an RSS icon). The link to each feed includes a secret key that gives applications access to your check-ins. Be sure to keep this private, because anyone who has your secret key essentially has access to all your check-ins, both in the past and the future.
Here are a few examples of things you can do with the feeds:
- Add your check-in history to Google Calendar (learn how) or iCal (learn how) using the ICS feed
- Display your check-ins on Google Maps
- Visualize your history in Google Earth
- Display your recent check-ins on a blog using any standard RSS plug-in
What creative ways have you come up with to use the feeds foursquare provides?