My husband is the mayor of our wonderful local bookstore, Third Street Books. Oh, and he’s also the mayor of Oil Can Henry’s, the local library, Thai restaurant (yum!), aquatic center, Golden Valley Brew Pup, fabulous Red Fox Bakery, and our daughter’s Montessori school, among many others.
If you’re wondering why or how in the world my husband would have a random honorary position with local businesses, you’re probably not familiar with Foursquare, a geolocation app that allows people to check in just about anywhere. Users can earn mayoral statuses, badges and points (which can lead to free or discounted goodies) and leave reviews for the venue, whether a restaurant, retail store or, yes, hospital. Other geolocation apps are Gowalla and Brightkite, while Facebook Places and Google Places also draw on the idea of letting friends know where you are or finding recommended businesses based on location. One of my favorite apps, Instagram, lets you share beautiful pictures and offers you the option of revealing your location, which most of my friends do indeed choose to do. Read more