How Foursquare turned life into a game

'Gold stars' get people partying, shopping and exercising

Foursquare isn't really a location service at all; it's a way to turn your life into a game and keep track of your score.



Mary (Twitter, Google+, website) started her career at Future Publishing, saw the AOL meltdown first hand the first time around when she ran the AOL UK computing channel, and she's been a freelance tech writer for over a decade. She's used every version of Windows and Office released, and every smartphone too, but she's still looking for the perfect tablet. Yes, she really does have USB earrings.