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With a 747 and a fleet of other airplanes, helicopters and bulletproof vehicles at his disposal, the President of the United States really gets around. One of the most traveled presidents in history is the current one, President Obama, and though it seems a challenge to keep up with his itinerary when he squeezes several countries and world capitals into a few days, The White House has made it very easy with Foursquare.
Thanks to the location-based social media app, The White House can create lists of Obama's stops and offer these lists to be "followed," so that traveling Foursquare users can "check in" to a venue and see if the President preceded them there. It's all very cool, and of course each location includes a tip or note on what Obama accomplished in each place, such as speaking about job values at a BBQ joint in North Carolina.
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No surprise here: the world's busiest/worst airport is now also the world's busiest Foursquare location. That's rightaccording to the Foursquare Blog, trusty, dusty Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International just became the first venue in the entire world to reach the milestone of 1,000,000 check-ins.
One million. Dang. it seems like only yesterday ATL was inching up on 500,000 checkin-ins; oh wait, that was in November 2011 when we measured the most popular airports on Foursquare, when LAX was in the lead. These days, LAX is still doing well and should break the million mark before spring is over (they're at 918,000 now), but it's clearly no Atlanta.
Foursquare has published a map that the company says shows the last 500,000,000 check-ins on the social media service. According to travel tech blog TNooz, the data comes from just the last three months of Foursquare usage. That means Foursquare users are checking in more than 150 million times per month. Neat.
Foursquare's actually been pretty good about sharing some of the data collected by the game (does it still count as a game; it used to be a game, right?) Last summer the company unveiled a list of the most visited global landmarks according to Foursquare users. The data was a little skewed - it's not really the world's most visited landmarks, as much as the landmarks most visited by the small part of humanity that uses Foursquare - but again, it's kind of a neat to peek into tons and tons and tons of data.
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Today is kind of a big deal for us, as we'll not only hit our 10,000 tweet but also our 2,000 Instagram follower. The numbers don't matter so much really, but we do appreciate that you like usyou really like us!
For all facets of our travel news and photography, here's how to connect with us on the slew of social media levels:
Heading to the US' Emerald City need not mean packing all flannel and topping up your Starbucks card. Seattle's got plenty other stuff going on and, all this week, Lilit Marcus will be proving this right.
In order to score the “Seattleite” badge on Foursquare, you need to check into at least five of 58 places on the list. But with a ton of stores, restaurants, and monuments on the list of possibilities, which ones are worth it?
Here are our picks:
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They just keep on coming! (Not that we're complaining). FIVE more international city badges on location-based social network Foursquare have just dropped, in time to get you even more psyched for upcoming fall travel.
These newest city badges go to: Vienna, Austria; Casablanca, Morocco; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Guimarães, Portugal; and Kumasi City, Ghana.
How to get the badges: First, follow 4sqCities, and just to be safe, it wouldn't hurt to also follow the individual city lists: Vienna (list), Casablanca (list), Kuala Lumpur (list), Guimarães (list), and Kumasi City (list). Then travel to the cities and clickety-click to check-in to the places on the recommended lists. Five places earns the badge.
BONUS: Las Vegas also just released SEVEN other resort-specific badges with perks attached. Check those out over on our sister site, VegasChatter.
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In case you haven't heard it a gazillion times already, the opening ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympics are tonight. The athletes and their families have arrived, as have the majority of tourists who purchased the 8 million tickets for the 17 days of events.
This means that while Heathrow and other London airports aren't nearly as crazy as they were earlier this week, the center of the city is swelling with sightseers. So, for locals who'd like to stay as far away from all that as possible, or for visitors who want to know where all the action's at, location-sharing social app Foursquare has tapped their stats to discover the busiest venues around London:
Top 10 - Great Outdoors
Oxford Circus X Crossing
St James' Park
The Regent's Park
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They just keep on coming! (Not that we're complaining). Two more international city badges on location-based social network Foursquare have just dropped, in time for your late summer travels!
These newest city badges go to: Seoul, South Korea and Perth, Australia
How to get the badges: First, follow 4sqCities, and just to be safe, it wouldn't hurt to also follow the individual city lists: Seoul (list) & Perth (list). Then travel to the cities and clickety-click to check-in to the places on the recommended lists. Five places earns the badge.
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It's almost time to make the drive to your favorite fireworks display, set up the folding chairs and light the sparklers for the Fourth of July. And it's not just you that's excited. Location-based social networking app Foursquare is psyched for the BBQ, beachside and beer store check-ins coming their way this week and they've just shared with us the most popular cities (and other places) from past Independence Days.
Let's see the stats:
Most Firework-crazy cities*
· Cadillac, MI
· Glens Falls, NY
· Auburn, NY
· Laconia, NH
· Milledgeville, GA
· Coffeyville, KS
· Whitewater, WI
· Astoria, OR
· Hudson, NY
· Keene, NH
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Yet more international city badges have just dropped, in time for your summer travels! Location-based social network Foursquare is deep into the city badge awarding, and the last week has seen six new ones, for your checking-in pleasure.
These newest city badges go to Kingston, Jamaica; Trois-Rivières, Quebec; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Portland, OR, USA; Riga, Latvia; and Ghent, Belgium.
How to get the badges: First, follow 4sqCities, and just to be safe, it wouldn't hurt to also follow the individual city lists: Kingston (list); Trois-Rivieres (list); Las Vegas (list); Portland (list); Riga (list); and Ghent (list). Then travel to the cities and clickety-click to check-in to the places on the recommended lists. Five places earns the badge.
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So you've checked into bookstores, bars, beaches and maybe even individual boats, but that's still not specific enough for the location-based social app Foursquare. Now, Pennsylvania, the state that was first to join up with Foursquare years ago has become the first to offer official art piece venues, meaning you can check into a masterpiece (and win something!).
The focus is on Philadelphia and its Museum Miles that encompasses the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Barnes Foundation; these plus other Philly-area institutions have pinpointed a total of 12 works of art designated as official Foursquare check-in venues. Currently, the Seurat painting above is winning with most check-ins, but you've still got until September 1 to get in on the game.
Simply check into the masterpieces and push the checkin, plus the hashtag #withartphl, to Twitter to get in the running for the grand prize of a hotel night in Philly, tickets to the museums and a Barnes Foundation membership.
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First row: Bangkok, Mexico City, Doha, Santiago. Second row: Jakarta, Rio, Minneapolis, St. Paul.
Yet more international city badges have just dropped, in time for your summer travels! Location-based social network Foursquare is deep into the city badge awarding, and the last week has seen eight new ones, for your checking-in pleasure.
These newest city badges go to Mexico City, Minneapolis and St. Paul in North America; Rio and Santiago in South America; Bangkok and Jakarta in Asia; and Doha in the Middle East.
How to get the badges: First, follow 4sqCities, and just to be safe, it wouldn't hurt to also follow the individual city lists: Rio (list); Bangkok (list); Jakarta (list); Doha (list); Mexico City (list); Santiago (list); Minneapolis (list); and St. Paul (list). Then travel to the cities and clickety-click to check-in to the places on the recommended lists. Five places earns the badge.