Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley has shown off a fascinating visualization that tracks the “pulse” of check-ins in New York City and Tokyo at recent events. The company has now posted the clip online so that we can all enjoy it.
Check-ins are color-coded based on type of venue and then tracked across the time of day. Foursquare used a year’s worth of data for the visualization.
If you want to see more, you can also view check-ins in New York during last year’s Hurricane Sandy.
Foursquare recently marked its four-year anniversary since launching at NY Tech Meetup in 2009. Since then, the company has gone on to record over 3 billion check-ins. Recent iterations of the service have pivoted it toward recommendations and venue discovery as it jockeys with sites like Yelp to become the go-to service for location information. Foursquare has begun monetizing its efforts with new partnerships, including deals with Mastercard and Visa.