I downloaded a smart phone app called FourSquare. Basically, it tracks where you’ve been and lets your friends know where you are. There are additional features that provide statistics for competition with friends, mayorships, and special offers.
When I go to the gas station, I check in. At the grocery store, I check in. At restaurants, I check in. Everywhere I go, I check in. Points are achieved for first time check ins, returning check ins, and check ins with friends. Badges are earned for being a connoisseur of similar locations. Mayorships are earned by frequently going to the same places–even the water cooler. Many businesses have special offers that include freebies, upgrades, and special offers, so it’s worth checking in to get a bigger better deal.
The Munro House B&B in Jonesville MI now participates in the special offers. Guests can get a free upgrade to a bigger room, tour groups get a reduced rate, and business travelers who come to Hillsdale County often can get a free massage.
Signing up is free. Gaining mayorships is fun. Getting stuff for free makes it worthwhile–I’m getting free McCafe Smoothies at my McDonalds.
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