You can leave tips for anything you want. Here are just a few ideas:
- Your favorite item on the menu or something special you’ve tried that wasn’t on the menu
- The name of your favorite server or bartender
- Where to find the best table
- Bathroom codes
- Where to find the cleanest restrooms in a park
- Where to find the best beer or food in a stadium or airport
- Anything else you can think of; be creative!
Other users can see any tips you leave on the venue’s page on the Foursquare website, on the venue information screen on their mobile apps or by searching for nearby tips in the mobile app. Your friends will get a “Since you’re hereâ€¦” popup when they check in to a venue where you’ve left a tip or when they check in to a venue very close to one where you’ve left a tip.
You can add tips on the website or through the mobile apps (in the iPhone app, click the forward arrow from the venue information screen). They’re limited to 200 characters, but you can include a link with every tip (if you add it from the website) that could link to more information or to a restaurants’ specials page, for instance. You can view links from the website or from certain mobile apps.
Brands like the History Channel and Wall Street Journal have also added tips to venues and if you follow them you’ll see the same pop ups you’d get from your friends. The History Channel’s tips are usually historical tidbits about the venue that are often very interesting. The Wall Street Journal adds restaurant reviews and links to news stories that are relevant to particular venues.
You can mark tips as “I’ve done this” or “Add as To Do” to remind yourself to try something someone else has recommended when you check in to a venue. Your top 12 tips and to dos are available on your Foursquare profile page, along with a link to manage them where you can promote or demote tips to/from your top 12. You can delete tips from the venue page or from your profile if they appear in your top 12.