Location-based social game FourSquare no longer has limits to where it can be used. When users click on their city name below the header of the website, they see a search box to enter a new city. Previously the service supported about 100 cities worldwide and anyone who lived elsewhere was out of luck.
CNet reports that this is a “soft-launch.” Along with sparse data in non-official cities, the service has several applications to update. For example, its iPhone app will require the App Store approval process.
Developers would be wise to make some changes to their applications, as well. A message in the developer forum recommends that “cityid calls should be replaced by geolat + geolong.” In other words, instead of FourSquare–and its apps–being city-specific, they now will focus within a radius of a user’s location.
The same will be the case from a user perspective, according to CNet:
As for your Foursquare friends list, which used to only display friends who were also signed on in the same designated Foursquare-approved city, the service now displays friends who have checked into locations in the same metropolitan area as determined by a given radius. Badges that are specific to location, like New York’s “Animal House” badge for checking into too many NYU beer-pong bars, remain city-centric, but badges that are awarded for general check-in habits (like the “Crunked” badge for checking in four times in a night) are now available everywhere.