How To Become A Foursquare Mayor (With A Little Help)

When Will I Be Mayor Helps You Set Mayoral Goals!I’ve been a big fan of Foursquare for some time, going as far as to call it the “next” social network way back in October 2009.  For those of you that enjoy Foursquare as much as I do, I’m sure you’ve often checked into a place and thought (or even complained out loud), “I check in here all the time, how many more check ins until I’m mayor?”  Wonder no more.

I just checked out a new site called  appropriately, When Will I Be Mayor?  The premise is pretty simple and it does exactly what it states in the title, it helps you predict how many more check-ins you need to (potentially) become mayor of a venue.  It’s easy enough to use, just sign up for an account then log in using Foursquare OAuth, and you’re in! It will do a lot of API calls then give you a list of venues you’ve been checking in to and tell you approximately how many more check-ins you need to gain mayorship! It appears that the assumption is that the person you are trying to de-mayor (is that a word?) doesn’t check in any more times, and they will, so adjust accordingly.

If nothing else, the site is fun and adds another layer to the already popular Foursquare service.  I’m a Foursquare purist and think that the best way to earn a mayorship is to legitimately check in when you frequent a particular place, so I’m not really going to watch this diligently, but it does give me something to aim for.  Watch out, KyleM80 will be mine some day!

Give the service a shot and let me know what you think.  You can also keep up with their blog here, and naturally can follow them on Twitter here.


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By Matt Singley

Personal: husband to Alison, father to four amazing kids. I used to live a fast but enjoyable life in Los Angeles, now I have chickens on acreage in Charlotte, North Carolina. Just a bit different. I'm an advocate for cycling as much as you can and eating as cleanly as you can afford. Professional: I'm the CEO of Singley + Mackie, a creative digital agency that serves well-known lifestyle and entertainment companies around the world. Clients include Microsoft, Samsung, Hulu, YP and others. If you want to find the more-professional me, go to