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Marvelous footprints of world cities revealed by Foursquare check-ins

Mobile application Foursquare has released a gorgeous map of the data it collects from users who broadcast where they are to friends. (The startup is using the map of 500 million check-ins to argue that it can provide intelligent recommendations to users even if they don’t want to share their location.) I used the map to examine 10 cities that have particularly striking “footprints” comprised entirely of check-ins by Foursquare users on their mobile phones, revealing the contours of geography, density, and popularity in each locale.

Moscow, Russia

Moscow

Istanbul, Turkey

Instanbul

Paris, France

Paris

São Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paolo

San Francisco, United States

San Francisco

Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne

Jakarta, Indonesia

Jakarta

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai

Madrid, Spain

Madrid

Los Angeles, United States

Los Angeles

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