Today Foursquare announced the launch of their service in 15 new cities. Among them were Des Moines neighbors to the south and west – Omaha, NE and Kansas City, MO. Foursquare is a place-based social networking game that allows users to check in at locations, post to-do items for friends and earn points for visiting places.
To recommend a city (like Des Moines!) to be added to the Foursquare service, add your request here.
From the Foursquare post on Tumblr, the team confirms that the additional cities were driven by fans:
Just so you know, we choose which cities to launch based on the feedback we get from users. [I]f your hometown didn’t make the list this time, stay tuned… we’re just getting warmed up over here.
For now Des Moines area users are still marooned among several surrounding cities, including Minneapolis, MN and Chicago, IL (in addition to Omaha and Kansas City).
When do you think the online userbase of Des Moines will grow large enough that we get included in initial launches of sites like this? What does that number look like?
Also, Silicon Prairie News grabbed a video interview with Foursquare founder Dennis Crowley.