01 Nov

Foursquare Mayorships: Raising the Stakes

Foursquare, a geo-location based social application for smartphones, has become increasingly popular. With more users checking in to popular places, it is becoming difficult to secure mayorship at your favorite locations.

“NASA’s mission is to pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research. To do that, thousands of people have been working around the world and in space for more than 50 years, trying to answer some basic questions. What’s out there in space? How do we get there?” And what specials are nearby?

Wait, what? Yes, you read that correctly. Foursquare has officially reached space! NASA astronaut Commander Douglas H. Wheelock of Expedition 25 checked into the International Space Station on Friday, October 22nd, 2010.

“You are now 220 miles above Earth traveling at 17,500 mph and unlocked the NASA Explorer Badge,” the badge notification said. “Show this badge and get a free scoop of astronaut ice cream.”

The check-in marked the beginning of a partnership between NASA and Foursquare to connect the services’ users to the space agency. Upon Commander Wheelock’s return to Earth, citizens will be able to check-in to various NASA locations to earn the exclusive badge. Details can be found on the NASA Foursquare page.

“When Expedition 26 docks later this year, we’ll be excited to welcome Commander Scott Kelly to the ISS, where he’ll be competing for perhaps the most elusive mayorship on Foursquare,” Friedman wrote.
–        Chloe Albanesius, PC Magazine

For a deeper look into the growing quest for Foursquare Mayorship, I encourage my readers to watch the following clip of Baratunde Thurston, Web Editor at The Onion, speaking at the Web 2.0 Expo in New York City this past month.

This is How You Mayor: Taking Foursquare Politics To The Next Level