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 |  May 22 2011, 4:02 PM

We’re looking out for you, especially when it comes to saving you a buck or two at the pumps. Murphy Oil and Foursquare have teamed up to make your gas budget go further.

Stop into one of the 1,000 Murphy USA gas stations (you can find them in the parking lots of Walmart and Sam’s Club stores) for $2 off a $20 purchase of gas. All you need to do is check in with Foursquare. On top of that, you’ll get a free pack of Stride gum – pretty sweet!

This isn’t the first time Murphy Oil has used social media to promote themselves. Last week, the company offered a similar coupon on their Facebook page and they also have an iPhone app that helps you locate their stores.

Let us know if you take advantage of this deal and what you think of it. And save us a piece of Stride gum while you’re at it.

[Source: Kicking Tires]

 |  Apr 11 2011, 3:56 PM

You’re not the only one who loves to let their friends know where they are via Foursquare. Now, Audi is in on the action and have they got some tips for all of their followers.

So what do you have to do? Just follow Audi on Foursquare and find out where some of the best driving roads in the country are located. That way, when you check in from wherever you are, they will let you know which roads you should check out that are near your location.

If you’re a Foursquare user, you know that it has a Tips section. This is where users let you know what they think of the coffee at that restaurant or if the subways are always late leave that particular station. In Audi’s case, they are tipping you off about where to drive and park. It’s a cool idea from the automaker, and their list of tips will start to grow very soon.

Here are a few examples:

AUDI AG

The beating heart of all things Audi. The factory tour is an absolute must — you’ll swear our robots have their own personality!

Golden Gate Bridge

It’s famous, and with good reason. Crossing the Golden Gate is guaranteed to put a smile on your face, no matter what you’re driving.

Highway 1 – Carmel / Big Sur

Go south from Monterey all the way down to Hearst Castle. Two lane. Cliffside. Sea and surf. White knuckles. Scenery so good for once it might be better to be the passenger.

[Source: Kicking Tires]

 |  Jan 04 2011, 10:18 PM

If you’re the competitive type and you own a Nissan Leaf, there’s a new way to come out a winner. Nissan Leaf drivers can now be wirelessly connected to a ranking system that scores your driving efficiency.

Nissan’s Carwings system started out in Japan but is now available here in North American. It connects all Nissan Leafs to a network, which is fed energy economy stats wirelessly to a central server. Then, using a “Regional Rankings” system, it is able to compare your ‘energy economy’ to other Leaf drivers near you. If you are the most energy efficient Leaf driver in your area, you’ll get a gold trophy icon on the Carwings dashboard control center – think of it as FourSquare for your car. And don’t worry if you fall short, because second, third and fourth place runners-up also earn gold, silver and bronze medals.

The phenomenon, also known as crowdsourcing, is a great way for Leaf owners to get better fuel economy by using social networking to show how environmentally responsible you are. The Carwings system will also display real-time traffic predictions by using data from other Carwings users and it features a live operator system that offers 24-hour driver support.

[Source: Mashable]