I know, I know, I’ve already blogged about the Foursquare application for iPhones, Blackberrys, Androids, etc. But there’s another aspect to Foursquare that I haven’t talked about, beyond the points and the Mayor titles and the stores wooing people with free stuff.
Badges, ladies and gentlemen. BADGES.
Yes, after meeting certain check-in pattern criteria, such as the number of times you’ve logged in at a particular kind of business, or the number of places you’ve logged in on a single night, you are awarded a badge to recognize your achievement.
It sounds ridiculous, I know… But because you don’t know ahead of time what you can earn badge for, each time you receive one it comes as a surprise. And it’s oddly rewarding, suddenly getting a badge and finding yourself asking, “Ooo, what’s that for?” and reading up on it.
Despite the pleasant surprise aspect of it, I’m going to spoil a few for you. Here are a couple of the more entertaining badges that I’ve been awarded in my illustrious Foursquare career:
Yes, I realize how silly all of this is. And yes, I concede that it’s clearly a miracle that I have a boyfriend.