Foursquare’s website does a lot of things right. Sadly, making it easy for superusers to clean up the venue database isn’t one of them. I often find myself with 30-40 tabs open with different venues that need work, switching between them and digging 2-3 pages deep to get to the proper page for editing. A new Greasemonkey plugin from Michael Harris aims to make the process a little easier.
With the plugin installed, a new set of links appear next to each venue on the search results page. They point to the “manage venue” page (where you can close venues, report duplicates, etc.) and the “edit venue” page (where you edit things like address and phone number). The venue ID also appears so you can copy and paste it directly into the appropriate merge field.
In the future, Harris hopes to add a function to search Google Maps for more information about the venue (a great way to find proper addresses, etc) and merge, delete and close functions without ever having to leave the search results screen.
The plugin works in Firefox (via Greasemonkey) and Safari (via an extension).
Being a userscript, it should function in Chrome, but I haven’t been able to get it to work. Harris is looking into the issue. UPDATE (3:28 pm): Harris has released an extension on the Chrome Web Store that works perfectly.
I’ve been using the plugin for the past few days and it’s made venue cleanup much easier. I don’t have to open nearly as many tabs or click nearly as many times to edit a venue, which makes the job of cleaning foursquare’s database much quicker.
Superusers, what do you think of the plugin? Does it make your work faster?