by Andrew Crisp
Foursquare users whip out their smart phones to "check in" at Boise bars, restaurants, retail outlets and other venues in order to broadcast their location to groups of friends, accrue points and establish connections.
As of this month, the New York City-based social media service now hosts a community of 30 million users worldwide.
Since the company's launch in 2009, users have logged more than 3 billion check-ins at venues from South Africa to Sweden and most everywhere else. However 3 billion isn't an easy number to digest, so a new map released by the company breaks it down for easier understanding.
Three months worth of check-ins—500 million in total—take shape in the form of small white dots affixed to a map of Earth. Included below is a screenshot of the check-ins within the Boise metropolitan area, revealing some of the busiest spots in town.