"Join you where?" you ask. "Four-wha? Go-huh? What's this 'location-based social networking' of which you speak?"
We promise, it's easier than it sounds. Basically, location-based services like Foursquare and Gowalla let you connect with your friends via your smartphone so you can share all the cool places you're visiting.
That means when you're connected to a place-based organization like the National Trust, you're opening up a brave new world of historic sites, landmarks, and other nifty preservation spots to visit for the first, third, or twentieth time.
Here's how to unlock the magic:
- Get your mitts on a smartphone.
- Sign up online at Foursquare or Gowalla.
- Connect with your friends -- including Preservation Nation! Find us here on Foursquare, here on Gowalla. (Our username is PresNation. Click on the orange button that says ‘add as friend.’)
- Install the service on your smartphone. The homepages have links to make it easy.
Then, voila! You are a newly minted member of the geosocial set. Follow each service's instructions from there to learn how to check in, find more friends, add trips, get badges, and more.
If you'd like a trial run AND you happen to be living in Austin, visiting Austin soon, and/or attending next week's National Preservation Conference, check out our Austin trips on both Foursquare and Gowalla. (More details here.)
Good luck and happy travels!
The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.