People praise technology because it allows us to check in with our friends, and show embarrassing pictures of them on the internet for friends and potential employers to see, but there’s a downside to it all: we can no longer lie. We’ve all been in situations like this before – you don’t want to go to someone’s party because “Bob” is going to be there, and when we last left Bob, he was left in a pool of his own fluids babbling incoherently about how the universe is really just a science project of an alien fourth grader. Bob isn’t a fun guy to be around, and so you make up a story that you have to relabel your VHS tapes of Star Trek: The Next Generation because you finally found the font that matches the main titles and it’ll all look swell when it’s finished. It’ll be a busy Friday night.
I love using location-based social media networking (LBSN) apps, my iPhone, and Starbucks, and more often than not, I use them in combination with each other. Wherever I go I always have my social media connections on tap and my Starbucks Gold Card handy. Yesterday I got the bonus of all bonuses – one of my favorite LBSN’s, Foursquare, greeted me with a bright orange banner that said, “as mayor of this store, enjoy $1 off a NEW however-you-want-it Frappuccino blended beverage. Any size, any flavor.” CHA-CHING!
What’s great about the internet is that all it takes is an idea and a blog post for something clever to become global. That’s what happened less about a month ago when Dr. Nate Bonilla-Warford decided to create an event called “Foursquare Day” to bring traffic into his business. Within days, people picked up on the idea and it soon became a global phenomenon, getting the attention of BBC America, Fox Tampa, and even Ashton Kutcher. We interviewed Dr. Nate for Geekistry a few weeks ago. You can read the story about how Foursquare Day came to be here.
Krissi sat down with Dr. Nate Bonilla-Warford, the creator of Foursquare Day, for an impromptu interview about the genesis behind the event, and how word of this has spread like wildfire.
In the cold war between Foursquare and Gowalla, another shot across the bow of Gowalla has been made by a surprising Foursquare ally – Tweetie. The popular Twitter client for the iPhone has added support for the popular geotagging, badge collecting app Foursquare. Although Gowalla released their API, it may be only a matter of time for it to be integrated into Tweetie.