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The new ‘in’ crowd uses Foursquare

Move over Facebook and Twitter, there’s a new social media competitor making its way through the federal government.

Government Computer News reports that nearly 20 departments and dozens of agencies are using Foursquare, a location-based social networking Web site. Foursquare allows users to connect with friends, update their location and get points for “checking in” at certain venues — all by mobile device.

For example, fresh cookies in the cafeteria at the Treasury Department and the chilly temperature inside VA headquarters were just a few of the tips shared by Foursquare members, GCN reports.

Read the latest news about the incoming administration on our Tracking the Transition page.

As of Aug. 24, the Transportation Department has logged the most check-ins among federal departments with 767. A close second is the Labor Department with 722, and a distant third is the State Department with 552.

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