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  • shockdanny


    Hi, is it possible to display check-ins for people on my friends list?

    Right now I want to run a live feed where it displays the check-ins of myself as well as people on my friends list.

    Therefore, I need the plugin to be able to display everyone’s recent check-ins on the map, not just mine.

    May I know how this can be accomplished?


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  • Plugin Author vicchi


    I’m afraid this isn’t possible with the current version of the plugin and I doubt whether it will be possible with future versions.

    The Foursquare API only allows a user who has explicitly authorised access to their checkins via OAuth to gain access to the list of (recent or historical checkins) (see https://developer.foursquare.com/overview/community).

    Although the checkins by a user API endpoint at https://api.foursquare.com/v2/users/USER_ID/checkins allows a user id to be supplied, the only valid user id is self which is the currently authenticated user (see https://developer.foursquare.com/docs/users/checkins).

    To do what you’re proposing would mean that each user who you are friends with on Foursquare would have to explicitly authorise your WordPress site via OAuth and that a Foursquare API call for each and every user would have to be made. Although not expressly forbidden by the API’s terms of use, I suspect Foursquare would not approve of this. Also, the amount of API calls that would need to be made would place a substantial delay on page load times, which isn’t something you’d want either.

    So for now and probably for the foreseeable future, the Foursquare API just doesn’t support this; if this did become possible, it would need a substantial amount of coding changes to the plugin to enable this.

    In summary, a great idea but not one that can be realised, for now at least.


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