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Foursquare has been adding a lot of new features to its platform lately. In fact, the mobile check-in service has evolved to become a rich discovery engine and local reviews aggregator. The newest thing that Foursquare has added also happens to be its users’ most-requested feature: the ability to check in friends.
That’s right. You can now check in your friends on Foursquare when you’re out together. Or your friends can check you in.
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“Since we launched mentions last year, we’ve noticed that most people use it to say who they’re with – ‘Dennis’s birthday party,’ ‘Anniversary dinner with Katy,’ or ‘Going for a jog with Ray,'” the company wrote in a blog post. “In fact, well over 90 percent of mentions are like that – people sharing who they are with. So, we’re making it easy for you to save your and your friends’ time – you can now check in your friends when you’re out together. Instead of you and four friends each pulling out your phone to check in at dinner, now one of you can do it for everyone. Less time spent on your phone, more time enjoying the moment.”
(The “mentions” feature Foursquare is talking about lets users tag friends they’re with. But mentioning someone doesn’t really allow the user to check in others on their behalf.)
The new feature comes in the form of an “I’m with” button that appears when users check in via Foursquare’s free mobile apps or online (Web browser) service. After clicking this button, a list of the user’s Foursquare friends will appear. The chosen friends will then receive a notification asking for permission to let the user check them in. Meanwhile, for those who don’t want to be checked in, Foursquare added an easy delete button for getting rid of the check-in with one tap.
Check out a screenshot of how the new feature works: