Indianapolis Four Square Day at City Market

Swag

The other night I went to hang out with the Indianapolis Four Square community at City Market. Yes, it could be called a ‘tweet up’, but it is always cool to see some of the people who you interact with online as well as meeting new people. I also scored some new swag, some buttons and stickers for the kids and a window kling to make my car a Four Square moving target.  Search for KahunaOne on Four Square.

If you are not familiar with Four Square, it is a location based social network in which people share the places they visit with their online community. Some business offer discounts for checking into their shop.  All you do is show the server the Four Square screen on your phone, and you get the discount.  Last week we went to FroYo, in Castleton, I checked in and got a message on my phone for a free drink.  We were on a trip over Easter and checked in at a restaurant, and the kids got free desserts.  Some restaurants offer a 10% discount or a free dessert.  It varies on the venue.

The social network is also competitive, you earn points for every check in.  Last night, my Four Square check in at the event earned me 14 points.  That irritated my friend’s wife because her check in yielded on 12 points. Another guy who checked in after me earned 16 points.  Also, this is one social network that is not owned by Facebook.  Yet.

The big deal at this event was getting to see the official proclamation for Four Square Day signed by Indianapolis mayor Greg Ballard.  I spoke to Andy Huston and Eric Thomas, two of the moderators of the Indianapolis Four Square community, @4sqINDY.

If you want more information about this group, check out their website 4sqINDY or their twitter page @4sqINDY

Ben Risinger at the City Market

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