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  1. Happy Foursquare Day!

    April 16, 2013 by Ian Perry

    April 16th has become known by many as Foursquare Day. Foursquare Day celebrates Foursquare, the local discovery app. People around the world celebrate the app on this day, in many ways such as throwing parties, hosting Meetups, and meeting fellow Foursquare users. In addition, many businesses offer specials specific to the day, to encourage people to celebrate.

    One of the things I love most about Foursquare is that different people see different value in using the app. For some, it’s the lists, tips, badges, points, mayorships, etc. For me, it’s been the evolution of the Explore feature. Explore gives you amazing recommendations based on what you like to do. Foursquare has collected data from billions of check-ins, and from this data, it’s able to tell you the best places to go at any given time. Not only has it helped me discover new places, but it’s also great when having a group of often indecisiveĀ friends. Instead of talking about where we want to go for half an hour, I just open up Foursquare and it helps us find a great place to go.

    Last Foursquare Day, I asked Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick (Cornell ’09) to proclaim April 16 as Foursquare Day in Ithaca, and he did. He joined a list of many other mayors across the country who had done the same. This year, he’s once again proclaimed April 16 as Foursquare Day.


    Foursquare Day 2013 Ithaca Proclamation


    Foursquare Day is more than just about celebrating an app though. It’s about celebrating the world around you. The world is huge and there’s so much to see. Foursquare helps make sure you don’t miss a thing. One of the great things about using Foursquare in Ithaca has been my ability to keep track of all of the amazing things to do here. For example, I spent last summer in Ithaca, and made this list with some of my favorite things to do in the summer. There are tons more lists to follow and great tips from Foursquare users everywhere you go.

    Whether you’re a dedicated Foursquare user or have never used the app before, happy Foursquare Day! (If you’ve never used it, I encourage you to try it out! Plus, you’ll get a cool 4sqDay badge if you check in today.)

    Feel free to leave your Foursquare stories in the comments.


  2. So many buildings on campus

    February 6, 2013 by Ian Perry

    I’ve never met anyone who’s been to every building on campus (at least not that I know of), nor have I been actively trying to accomplish this task. However, this past week, I went to One World Cafe in Anabel Taylor Hall for the first time. It got me thinking – how many buildingsĀ have I been to on campus?

    So, using my Foursquare check-in history and Google Maps, I quickly generated a map of all of my check-ins on campus (this is an easy way to do this, without having to use the Foursquare and Google Maps APIs). As you can see, I still have a ton of buildings to get to. There are over 260 major buildings on campus, and I most likely won’t get to every building before I graduate. However, I’m going to make a conscious effort to go to a new building a few times a semester. There are so many hidden gems across campus, and each building is unique in its own way.

    Foursquare check-ins on Google Maps

    Foursquare check-ins on Google Maps (blue pins represent check-ins)

    I’ve been here for almost four years, and a few summers, but I’m not surprised that I still haven’t been to lots of the buildings on campus. Once you get focused on your major, you generally tend to have all of your classes in one general area, and it’s difficult to find time to explore for the sake of exploring. Also, the map is a little deceiving because I didn’t start using Foursquare until my junior year. I didn’t include North Campus for this reason. I also must have forgotten to check into some buildings where I know I’ve been, like Rhodes Hall and Morrison Hall. There are a few check-ins at the bottom of the map near Dryden Rd and the Graphics Arts Services Building that seem random, and maybe the geolocation on my phone was a little bit off that day.

    Has anyone been to every building on campus? I’m curious to hear in the comments.