Summary:

It’s always fun (if a little bit stalker) to follow someone on Foursquare, and even better to see where they’ve been. Using a method shared by Fred Wilson, Kevin Tofel was able to use Foursquare and Google Maps to generate an overview of a recent trip.

Kevin Goes to Washington

Kevin Tofel is a lucky guy — he recently took his family on a nice excursion to Washington, D. C. and from the looks of it they had a great time. Kevin’s Android phone is never far from his hand and he dutifully checked in on Foursquare to share is whereabouts on the trip in real time. It’s always fun (if a little bit stalker-like) to follow someone on trips like this, but it’s even better to have a look at their trip after they return home. Using a simple method shared by Fred Wilson, Kevin was able to bring his Foursquare checkin information into Google Maps to provide a cool overhead view of his trip using this simple method.

  1. Visit your foursquare feeds page. Right click the KML link and copy it to your clipboard (don’t download it).
  2. Visit Google Maps and paste the link you copied into the search box. Hit enter.
  3. There is no step 3.

It looks like the Tofels sure got around in D. C. considering the short duration of their visit. This mashup method is a great way to get some real use out of Foursquare.

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