Playing the game of Edmonton
Friend of the show Brittney Le Blanc has done a much better write up on this subject on her own blog, but I felt I should add my two cents.
Are you playing foursquare yet? If not, take a few minutes and check it out, or better yet, sign up. I really have to recommend it, it’s a great tool for getting out and really experiencing the best Edmonton has to offer.
In a nutshell, foursquare is a game set in your city, that challenges you and your friends to earn points and achievements by getting out and doing things. Their site sums it up very well:
It’s foursquare! Think: 50% friend-finder, 30% social cityguide, 20% nightlife game. We wanted to build something that not only helps you keep up with your friends, but exposes you to new things in and challenges you to explore cities in different ways. (from: foursquare.com)
Now, foursquare is arguably a competition, but you don’t need to treat it as such. I’m approaching foursquare as a way to help me explore Edmonton, try out new things, and share great experiences with my friends.
For example, do you know to ask for Scott when you go to the Moose Factory? He makes a hell of a fruit flambe, right at your table! Well, if you were my friend on foursquare, you’d already know about that. Granted, I don’t have much else on my Top 12 list… but I’ll be adding things as I go, and I’ll be trying out a bunch of what other people suggest.
Frankly, we live in a great city, but it’s easy to forget about all the little things that help make it great. What better way excuse could you need to go out and find those little things, than to get points for doing it?
So feel free to friend me on foursquare, and give me suggestions on all things you think I should be trying out. Just be prepared for me to return the favour.
Next Time: Calcium
I’ve already realized significant benefits from using foursquare. I got to meet grempel, sarah poo, and steenyweeny last week at Pub 1905 because we all happened to be there on Friday night. It’s a pretty cool way to meet people and see what’s going on!