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Foursquare Switches to OpenStreetMap

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Msg#: 4423740 posted 6:05 pm on Mar 1, 2012 (gmt 0)

Foursquare Switches to OpenStreetMap [blog.foursquare.com]
Starting today, were embracing the OpenStreetMap movement, so all the maps you see when you go to foursquare.com will look a tiny bit different...
Weve been using the Google Maps API since the early days of foursquare. In the last six months, though, weve seen an increasing number of companies migrating to other options. So, during our January hackathon, one of our intrepid engineers wondered what the world would look like if we made our own maps. To do that, he used data from OpenStreetMap. (Its a crowd-sourced global atlas, and its kind of amazing! Its like Wikipedia for geography.) We love the idea of open data, and were happy to try it out.


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