You have a trip coming up to somewhere you have never been, and would like to have the advice of some locals on what places you must eat at or visit. Enter Foursquare Lists. Find out how to create and share a list, or even better, let a friend edit the list with you!
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Recently Foursquare rolled out a new feature that allowed users to create and share a list of recommended venues and tips. Users can then follow that list, or if the creator allows it, they can even contribute to the list themselves. The Lists feature on Foursquare is fun to use, easy to share, and are very simple create. Read on to find out how to make one.
To begin making your own Foursquare List, you will need to log in to your account and view your Me page. One of the first options you should see on the page is a Create a List button; click on it to start your list.
You will be prompted to name your list before being taken to the next page. Enter a name then click on Create. Don't worry if you can't decide on the perfect name right now, you can edit it at anytime.
You will want to add a description to your list; you can do that directly below the name of your List. To begin adding venues to your list, start typing a name of the venue you want to add. Notice the city and state in the search bar, your venue search will take place in that location. If you would like to change the location to anywhere else, click on the current location and type in the new location.
You will have to wait to add a photo to the list until after you have added some venues that have photos themselves.
Go ahead and type the name of a venue you would like to add.
After you have selected a venue to add to the list, you will then be able to pick a photo for the venue (the first venue with a photo will be the default photo for the list, but it can be changed). You can also add a tip to the venue, making for a better experience for those who end up following your list. To add either item, simply click on the respective drop-down and select a photo or tip.
Once a tip and photo are added to a venue, it should look something like the picture above.
Speaking of fellow Foursquare users who follow your list(s), Foursquare makes it very easy to share any of your lists through Twitter, Facebook, or Foursquare itself. Click on the button for the service you would like to share a link to your list through. Once your friends click on the link you share, they will be able to view and follow your list.
If you are making a list and want some help filling it in, you can open the list to public modification by clicking on the "Let friends add places, too" link. The link then changes to "No thanks, leave it to me." Just click on the new link should you change your mind down the road and want to leave the editing up to you.
When you are finished editing your list, click on the Finished Editing button at the top of the page.
There is one more way to add items to your list; while viewing Tips on a venue's page, click on the Save button next to the Tip you would like to add, a dialog will then pop up allowing you to save the tip to a list you have already created, or even create a new one.
Currently none of the mobile apps have the capability of viewing lists you have either created or are following. Instead, the Tips on the lists you follow are added to the To-Do section of the app. Foursquare has stated it is working on updates to all the mobile apps to incorporate the Lists feature.
That's all there is to it. If you create a List you are particularly proud of, please leave a link to it in the comments below. We are always on the look out for some tasty places to eat!