***Update*** I have canceled my Foursquare account and am looking for a good looking alternative ***Update***
I was very sad when Facebook bought Gowalla out and announced that it was an aq-hire (where a company buys out another for the talent). I remember choosing Gowalla for two very specific reasons 1) I could easily add locations and 2) they had a beautiful interface. I loved the icons for each location, which were specific for landmarks, events, buildings, and other such fun and cool stuff. I enjoyed scrolling through my buttons to see the states I had been in and the achievements. I also happened to like the orange color and kangaroo logo! They were fun and conveyed and international feel. I was looking forward to using it as I traveled.
I remember checking out Foursquare and not selecting it because it was blue and had generic icons for its locations. Blah! I did move to Foursquare when Gowalla announced its aq-hire. I used it for a while … the only compelling thing … friends. Oh wait, I already use Facebook.
I have decided to close my Foursquare account and try other services that connect to Facebook & Twitter. I prefer a beautiful UI over application popularity & no, I am not interested in boring, plain, generic UI.
So long Foursquare!