A few weeks ago, I wrote about SU Tools, a Google Chrome (and now Safari, too) extension that makes things easier for foursquare superusers. At the time I called it “superuser tools on steroids.” Since then, it’s grown to Schwarzeneger-like proportions â€” and just keeps getting bigger.
A few of the new features added since then:
- Cleanup â€” The cleanup feature has seen some major enhancements. It now queries the Google Maps API to try to determine the appropriate address, street name, city, zip, etc. of venues before it formats them properly for foursquare. I’ve even run into a few where it’s been able to find the address when it was completely missing â€” all with the single click of a button.
- Merge Comments â€” Sometimes it’s necessary to let other superusers know why you’re merging two venues or declining a merge. SU Tools now lets you leave comments for other SU Tools users on merges when you submit them, or when you process them in the merge queue. It’s much quicker and easier than switching to Twitter to let someone know why you’ve denied their merge, for instance.
- Requester Details â€” The merge queue screen now shows details about the user who requested the merge, including a picture, their SU level (if they use SU Tools) and their checkin numbers. These are nice details to know, since I usually give a little extra scrutiny to a merge submitted by an SU1 with 500 checkins than I do to an SU3 with 5,000 checkins.
- Remembers merge and deletion requests â€” Whenever you request a merge or mark a venue for deletion, it’s stored locally. Those then show up on your admin page, where you can see the full list and check to see if they’ve been completed. Search results also get color coded yellow for venues you’ve merged and gray for those you’ve marked for deletion.
- Set location to this venue â€” There’s a new link on venue pages that lets you set your current foursquare location to the lat/long of the venue you’re viewing. This is especially helpful when you switch to the Places panel (SU 2+ only), since you can immediately see venues surrounding the one you’re working on to look for duplicates without having to drag the map pin to that spot.
Other new features include a “show all” button on the suggested friends box, a custom category you can set venues to in one click and prompts to help out with another country’s merge queue when you reach the end of your own (US superusers: is that actually possible?).
Basically, what I’m trying to say is “if you’re a superusers, why the heck aren’t you using SU Tools yet?” It makes the job of editing venues, merging them and processing the queues at least ten times easier. In the few weeks I’ve been using it, I’ve completed more merges than I did in the previous six months combined and I’ve submitted more, too.