Foursquare is stupid. For those of you who don't know, Foursquare is an application that you install on your cell phone which GPS tracks your location and then you can "check in" from various places and announce that to all your friends on Twitter or Facebook or whatever else there is. (IS there anything else?) I can actually see how this would be a cool tool to use if you were young and had an active social life, it would be a cool way to find your friends and see where they've been. I can also see how this would be a cool tool to use if you were a stalker ("Oh, she just checked in at Breads of India on Sacramento street. NOW I know which window to peer through!!") Since neither of these apply to me, though, I think Foursquare is stupid. That's my story and I'm stickin to it.
I go to Target a lot. Regular readers are now saying "yes, Jill, we knew that." One day I was there and I thought it would be funny if I got Foursquare and then only used it to check in from Target. Wouldn't that be hilarious?? And then I could really see how often I was there. So, I got the Ap and installed it on my Blackberry (I chose not to install the GPS tracking option, though, since I new I would only ever be checking in from one place, and I think it's kind of creepy). During this process, however, I learned that Foursquare has what they call "Mayors," which is the title you get when you check in from one place more than anybody else. And, therefore, a new dream was born. I. Must. Become. The Mayor. Of Target.
It didn't take long for me to kick the current Mayor, John A. out of the way and take my spot as Mayor. Unfortunately, I learned about 2 weeks later that it was not acceptable for me to forget to check in when I'm there or that bastard is going to steal his spot back. This was now war, and I wasn't going to let John A. take my prize away from me. So, I started checking in every day, even when I wasn't there. One time when I checked in I was actually at the Starbucks on Center St. and Oxford. That's right, in a very short period of time I had resorted to lying and cheating in order to hold on to my coveted title of Mayor. I obviously had a problem.
However, whenever you check in on Foursquare, it automatically tweets an announcement of your check-in to your Twitter followers. I didn't think anybody was paying attention. I was wrong. So, now not only do I have a hopeless Target/Mayor/Foursquare addiction, I've also got a crew of smartasses on Twitter giving me a whole bunch of shit for going to Target so much (by the way, come back on Monday when one of those smartasses will be guest blogging for me!!)
I think it may be time for me to come to terms with this problem I've developed. Either that or figure out a way to check in on Foursquare without having to tweet it. Yeah, that's what I'll do, I'll hide my addiction so that nobody will know of it. That way I can stay Mayor and nobody will tease me. It's GENIUS!