Swarms

I expected the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear yesterday to be crowded, but I had NO IDEA how crazy it would be. Early estimates have the attendance at over 200,000 people, which was flat-out shocking to me.

And of course… with great events come great Foursquare badges.

Yes, checking in at a location with thousands of people earned me some new badges. Check it out:

Super Duper Swarm: That 'Super Swarm' badge is for babies! Welcome to the Super Duper Swarm Club - 500 people checked in at once!

That’s pretty good, right? More than 500 people in one place, WOW! Of course, that’s nothing compared to…

Epic Swarm: Wow! 1,000 foursquare users in the same location?!? According to our math, the world should implode right about now.

I was actually kinda curious to see if there would be another one after 1,000 people, though. When I checked in, there were almost THREE thousand Foursquare users checked in at the Rally to Restore Sanity, and almost two thousand others checked in at the March to Keep Fear Alive. (For those who haven’t followed the planning, the event was marketed under both names for comedic effect.)

For the record: Yes, I realize how ridiculous it is that I’m excited about new badges on Foursquare. It doesn’t take much to brighten my day, clearly.

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