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A call for Wisconsin @foursquare badges

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Lately I’ve been getting back into using foursquare after the company has seen an influx of new badges.

Unfortunately — and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade is a great example of this — there are a lot of badges that are specific to certain cities. And if you’re not in those cities, tough luck.

I think city-specific badges break down into three categories.

  1. Conference badges. The biggest example is of the SXSW badges, but there are other more recent examples, too.
  2. Followers badges. These badges are unlocked by following another foursquare user, then checking in to certain locations. Chicago has the richest user experience in this department.
  3. Miscellaneous badges. There’s tons of these badges out there, including the Macy’s Thanksgiving badge. There are others, though, too.

That’s why I think Wisconsin needs to step up and create some state-specific badges. There are a lot of opportunities, but here are a few:

  • Summerfest is the biggest musical festival in the world, so why not award a Big Gig badge to attendees?
  • Given that I am also a food blogger, perhaps an Eat Wisconsin badge for checking in to the Wisconsin Products Pavilion at Wisconsin State Fair.
  • How about a Badgered badge from Travel Wisconsin when you check in to a Wisconsin venue tagged “travelwisconsin.”
  • Perhaps a Spread Your Wings badge for checking in to Brise Soleil at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Those are my ideas so far. Maybe I’ll continue to think possible badges up, but it would be great if some Wisconsin entity, whether it’s on my list or not, take up the task and create and sponsor some Wisconsin-specific badges.

What Wisconsin-specific badges would you create?

  1. January 6, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Thanks for the thoughts Dan – just wanted to let you know that State Fair is looking into the possibility of creating a badge this year.

  2. January 9, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Thanks for responding, Kristi. It’s great to know Wisconsin groups are checking out making foursquare badges.

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