Foursquare has shifted from Google Maps to OpenStreetMap. It now contributes to the new venue by means of its map editing tools which make the bond between the two services a strong one.
Foursquare has deepened its links with OSM and MapBox by affixing an edit map option on its site. This feature relays consumers directly to the wiki map service’s web editor. Foursquare officially annouced via a blog that its maps are now powered by MapBox and use OpenStreetMap. At present this facility is reserved for Foursquare Superusers in the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany and Brazil. However, in the future new places may get added to the list. Just three months ago, MapBox revealed ID, which happened to be its personal OSM map editor. Currently, OSM has over a million subscribers. The addition of Foursquare’s users may be a nice stimulus for the set up. Then there is the trust that will get built between the public and Foursquare via this merging process.
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The fact that Foursquare has switched sides may be a win-win situation. Since a person can now navigate his way throughout the terrain without getting marooned from civilization is a boon indeed. The merging of OSM and Foursquare has led to greater interlinking and interactivity. When services are updated there are bound to be ever more complex operations that get integrated into the mechanism and matrix of the system. With Foursquare undergoing a makeover, the consumer base will have the opportunity to make more extensive use of the service. They may employ it more frequently as well as for better purposes.