Foursquare is continuing their efforts today to grow the amount of content generated by their users with the launch of the Shutterbug badge. It rewards users who add photos to their check-ins.
As a core badge, Shutterbug is available to anyone, anywhere in the world. Add a photo to three check-ins and the badge is yours. If you’re a regular photo poster, you should unlock it the next time you add a photo.
The unlock text reads:
You’re a regular Ansel Adams! Whether you’re capturing the sun setting over the Siberian tundra, an adorable French Bulldog, or an artsy cappuccino foam shot (#nojudgements), your friends love your photo-worthy adventures. Keep snapping away!
Photos added by users help foursquare in lots of ways. They increase engagement in the activity stream, since users are more likely to notice and comment or like check-ins with photos. They also increase the utility of the Explore tab with its photo-heavy design that makes it easy to make a quick visual determination about a place.
I add photos to my check-ins religiously because I love going through my history and having them all organized together nicely by the location they were taken. One of my favorite features in foursquare is the ability to choose at the individual photo level if it should be public or private. As such, a majority of my photos are private for only my friends and I to see.
What do you think of the badge?