Foursquare Milestone Reached: 10 Million User Mark

Here at OSM we often write about Foursquare, the location-based social network. We recently reported on encryption for Foursquare and Netflix apps and also how checkins on Foursquare could help you win “Super 8” tickets along with details on a possible integration with Groupon. Today we have big Foursquare news as a major milestone for the social network has been reached, that of 10 million users.

This is a first for a location-based social network and is pretty amazing for a site that only launched in March 2009. By way of celebration Foursquare has come up with an infographic, which gives a great way of absorbing the facts and figures and looks at Foursquare’s history so far. The infographic was brought to our attention by Lauren Indvik over on Mashable where you can see it in full, or alternatively link here to Foursquare’s blog.

There’s a plethora of information and one of the most eye-catching items is a map that literally maps the growth of Foursquare as different regions of the world light up following the site’s progress from March 2009 to the present day. All that in just over 2 years! Also 169 countries have been represented by Foursquare visitors, with 358 million checkins outside the US, while there have been a staggering 4.7 million checkins simply for Main Street across the US. The infographic also shows the most popular chains for the US, split into different categories such as apparel, banks and home and also happiness on Foursquare based on sentiment analysis and more.

We think you’ll agree it’s an intriguing look at this popular social network and we’d like to hear what you think. Are you surprised at just how successful Foursquare has become in such a short space of time. Let us know with your comments.