Cheaters never prosper. Except in the realm of Foursquare, perhaps, where false checkins can sometimes garner mayorships. Well, those days are over, according to the geolocation service, which is announcing this week that business owners now have the ability to oust mayors who have come by their positions wrongly.
Several months ago, Foursquare aimed to put the kibosh on cheating by using your mobile phone’s GPS location to verify your whereabouts, thereby rewarding only those that happen near the actual place in question. That way “armchair mayors” would be foiled, and only the worthy would reap the benefits of mayordom. Sadly, however, said precautions don’t prevent people from checking in near locations in question rather than in those places.
Well, now Foursquare is putting the power in the hands of the business owners, who likely know their “regulars” better than your phone’s GPS does. According to the company: “If a Mayor is flagged by a business owner, they’ll be removed from office immediately and the next user in line will take over as Mayor. We’re still in the very early stages of experimenting with this feature and will most likely be tweaking it based on feedback from business owners.”
The addition of moderation will likely be a welcome addition for businesses — including Mashable HQ, where Brett Petersel has been sitting on the mayorship for months now. Better watch your back, Petersel…