Foursquare announces an “I Voted” badge

October 27, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

New York (CNN)-When pulling the lever on Election Day, Foursquare users can “check in” and receive a special badge the company announced on Wednesday.

Foursquare, a location-based mobile application that lets users “check in” to venues and compete for virtual badges, unveiled their “I Voted” badge.

A user unlocks the badge by checking in to one of any 107,000 polling places and writing “voted,” “vote” or “voting” in a shout (a message attached to a check in).

Foursquare is one of the fastest-growing social networks with over four million users.

“Every day we see new examples of Foursquare encouraging and reinforcing positive behaviors,” said Foursquare’s Eric Friedman in a statement. “We’re excited to harness the power of Foursquare to drive civic engagement through the ‘I Voted’ badge.”

Gowalla, a similar location based network, announced Monday an “I Voted” Pin that users receive when checking in to a polling station and telling their friends on Twitter or Facebook.

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