Teach Yourself Foursquare in 10 Minutes came out January 17 of this year, and at the time Betabeat thought the tome was a milestone in the life of the startup. The 224-page book, written by the creator of Using WordPress, Create Your Own Blog and Daddy Wears Slippers To Work, offered instructions on how to create an account, how to earn badges and “how to have fun with Foursquare.” But it wasn’t the first book to do so.
Author and CBS12 tech correspondent Craig Agranoff co-authored a book with Herbert Tabin five months earlier, Mr. Agranoff wrote in to correct us. The paperback Checked-In: How To Use Gowalla, Foursquare and Other Geo-Location Applications For Fun and Profit came out August 2, 2010, and clocked in at 174 pages.
From the book’s description:
Geo-location services–mobile applications that allow users to share their physical whereabouts with their networks–are quickly gaining momentum. Checked-In gives you what you need to know to both have fun with geo-location and profit with front-runners in this race Foursquare and Gowalla. Jammed with useful and easy to follow information, Checked-In covers how other new players in the game (as well as some old hats) will likely change the landscape and what you can do to stay ahead of that curve. We take you from start-to-finish, showing how to begin with these applications and how to make them work for your bottom line. See how these new social media powerhouses can propel your local and national marketing forward and keep you ahead of the pack.
Mr. Agranoff is also the author of Do It Yourself: Online Reputation Management and the founder of WorstPizza.com.
Anyone else write a Foursquare book we don’t know about?