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This article was published on March 21, 2013


This hypnotic visualization of Foursquare check-ins shows the pace of life in NYC and Tokyo

This hypnotic visualization of Foursquare check-ins shows the pace of life in NYC and Tokyo
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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.

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