I get asked a lot of questions about Foursquare – in particular about Mayorships.
Many people are frustrated that they’ve been loyal users of both Foursquare and real-world establishments, yet haven’t been able to achieve a Mayorship at their favourite venues. In some cases, they’re the only people checking into the venues, so it’s difficult to explain why they haven’t received their virtual crown.
AboutFoursquare has published a very handy blog about Mayorships that explains a lot. In a nutshell, it needs to be a “qualifying checkin”, your Foursquare profile must have a photograph and it can’t be your first checkin to that venue.
You also need to bear in mind that only one checkin a day counts towards Mayorships. It’s the amount of days you’ve checked in that matters, not the total amount of checkins.
Also, an off-the-grid checkin doesn’t get you a instant Mayorship badge, despite your history at a venue. According to Foursquare “off- the-grid checkins will not unlock a Mayorship, they will count towards the Mayor tally”.
However, from anecdotal feedback I’ve received, there are some disgruntled Foursquare users who have checked into sites daily, never to attain Mayorship, and only to see a new user come along and rudely claim the title.
Foursquare forums have posited a number of reasons for this: the venue may have been combined with a duplicate venue and the new Mayor brought along a lot of historical checkins with them; or the new Mayor may have recently added their profile photo after many checkins.
Others have said they fixed account information (like correcting their email address) and then became the Mayor. And on one forum, a person with long term Mayorship problems found they hadn’t ticked the “participate in Foursquare Mayorship” box under settings in their privacy profile!
The Foursquare forum on Get Satisfaction was most useful for this blog and is worth a visit.
If you’d like to check how long it might take for you to become a Foursquare Mayor of a venue, there are a few websites that can help, including When Will I Be Mayor and Be The Mayor. Of course, those sites may not tell you if your account settings aren’t set correctly to receive mayorships.
Have you had problems achieving mayorship? Or have you heard of other solutions?