So why use Foursquare to connect to public art? Foursquare uses your geo-location to allow you to ‘check-in’ to a venue. On its own you might think this doesn’t sound all that interesting, but there is so much more it can do and will be able to do that you really shouldn’t count it out. For this project I have used lists and could use the power of Foursquare Radar. The list that I have created, Art in Syracuse, can be saved for easy reference of the different pieces, museums, galleries, and parks in and around Syracuse. If you enable the radar function you would get a notification if you are near any of these that you add to your ‘to do list’.
This function would work for anything you save, a restaurant a friend recommends or a local shop you really want to check out. What is really interesting about this use of the application, notifications on or off, it is hyper local. You are seeing whats popular around you and you can interact. Leave a tip so that a local or a tourist knows that the best local joint for BBQ, or where to go to relax on a giant serpent. Imagine a world where travel doesn’t mean locating the corporate brands you know, but using locally generated data and tips to discover a city you aren’t familiar with. What if sharing our local treasures by checking-in and writing tips help someone discover the beauty in Syracuse?
There is a lot of competition in the world of location-based applications, but for now Instagram and Path use foursquare for their location data and allow for easy integration. Foursquare has switched to open source maps, and the API is available. There is some exciting possibilities in the realm of augmented reality, apps that are using foursquare so that you can use your camera to see where a location is. If you are wondering about what information the application shares about your location, this grid is really helpful, as we as the privacy page. Essentially you have the control, you can decide how much you share and ‘checking-in’ allows that venue to know that you did so. Read the policy and decide if you want to ‘check-in’.
If you decide to use the app, or if you already are, ‘check-in’ at some of the public art in Syracuse. Leave a tip, start a conversation about the work, share it with a friend, create ‘check-ins’ if they haven’t been created yet, and connect with the city! Your tip or photo might be the thing that gets someone walking around downtown, playing on ‘Walt’. After all, if it inspires you why wouldn’t it inspire someone else? Share what you find on Instagram and Twitter @CuseArt, with the hashtag #cuseart. Have fun!