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 indecisive 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 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.)
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