Welcome back to this week's Social Mashup! We're here to kick off the short work week with the launch of Google's music store, Facebook's recommended people list and Foursquare's badge updates.The Rolling Stones, Coldplay, Busta Rhymes, Shakira, Pearl Jam, and Dave Matthews Band. Are you going to give Google Music a try? If you have already let us know what you think.
It’s rewarding exploration and awarding expertise. It’s a platform to showcase tastemakers and get their content exposed.To unlock the first level badge, users must check in five times to places with the specified badge category or by checking in to three unique places. Once you get your first level badge, each additional level up is obtained by checking in to five unique places within that category. The max level is 10, achieved by 48 checkins in for the category. The revamp also unveils the users with expertise in a specific category and they are likely to be more credible than someone with a lower-level badge. Foursquare is hoping that these "experts" will be more motivated to provide tips.