I’m now a part of the Foursquare trend. An app for your GPS mobile phone that lets you easily “check in” to places you go to.
“Why would one do this?” you ask. Honestly, I don’t entirely know, aside from telling your friends and family where you are.
“Why do they care?” you might ask yourself. Well, people by nature are usually naturally nosey curious purple or want to be kept ‘in the loop’.
Or your “going out friends” can meet up with you and you don’t have to tell them where you are. It’s also a great converstaion starter. “So I saw you went to the new diner down the road, how was it?” Thank you social networking.
So the cool thing about foursquare is that it’s more of a game. You get points based on first visits, consecutive visits, adding a place no one else has yet, and if you visit a place more than anyone one else it means you spend entirely too much time there become the mayor.
Woo! All that time spent in poli-sci . . . and all you need to do is visit a place often enough and you become a political figure. Please continue four spaces and collect $200 as you pass Go 😛
Moving on . . . another fun thing is adding a ‘tip’. Not really a review but more of a ‘if you go here,’ check this out’ or ‘try this out’ which I might use mostly for restaurants ‘”hmmm, what should I try on the menu? How about something someone I don’t know likes?” -hehe
I think it would be useful for parking tips in some areas as well.
You can opt to have your check ins posted to your twitter, facebook etc. or to only share posts with fellow friends on foursquare. It’s a fun app for the Droid, Iphone, etc. and it’s Free.
Free is good.
Have fun, Life is short and full of places to visit 🙂