White House joins Foursquare

Fancy becoming mayor of the White House? Well, now you can. Barack Obama has added Foursquare to his social media list.

Users who want to follow what the president is up to can see tips about his visits around the country – he’s currently on a bus tour of the Midwest discussing economic policy.

“You can follow the president on the road through Cannon Falls, Minnesota; Decorah and Peosta, Iowa; and Atkinson and Alpha, Illinois,” says the White House blog.

“Through the new White House page on Foursquare, you can keep up with the president’s tour and check-in to let your friends know you’re there.”

Users can check in to the White House if they visit, or if they attend a Town Hall with the president. There will also be check-in locations for various presidential events.

The move comes as Foursquare launches Tiplists, a new feature allowing users to aggregate and curate their best tips into simple lists.

“Putting together lists has always been pretty annoying. How do you share? How do you coordinate? How do you keep it updated? We looked at all these problems and made something that is super easy to use,” says Foursquare.

The aim is to allow someone visiting Paris, for example, to list the things they’d like to do and the places they’d like to see, with friends able to drop in their suggestions.

In the case of the White House, this means a tip list showing the places the president and administration officials visit around the country and the world, along with news and events by location and historical information about the White House.

Find the White House account here.