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Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 03/ 9/2011

Foursquare offers businesses new 'Specials'

By Hayley Tsukayama

Foursquare, the check-in app that lets everyone know where you are all the time, has added some new features for businesses as it releases its third version, and it's a big update. How big? Think about seeing your face in Times Square.

The company is offering businesses the opportunity for four new types of Specials: Flash Specials, Friends Specials and Swarm Specials.

Flash Specials reward the first people to check in a given place. For example, Toys R Us has a special set for March 11, where the first five people who check-in to Times Square after 11 a.m. will get their photo on the square's big screen.

Friend Specials reward those who check-in together in small groups. In a similar vein, Swarm Specials reward large groups who check in after a certain time, triggering large-scale, sometimes nationwide deals.

Foursquare loyalists need not worry, though: the company is still offering its existing Specials.

The new update also revamps the app's leaderboard and replaces the "tips" button with an "explore" button that can make suggestions to you based on past check-ins and a search feature.

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By Hayley Tsukayama  | March 9, 2011; 12:54 PM ET
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Does anyone know if blackberry will get the app? I included the link to an article I wrote about foursquare 3.0 -

Posted by: deturner | March 9, 2011 3:25 PM | Report abuse

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