Check In on Foursquare, Unlock the Preservation Nation Badge!

Posted on: April 27th, 2012 by Sarah Heffern

Ah, Friday afternoon, that time of the week when many people's thoughts start straying towards the weekend. (Not mine, of course. I am totally focused on work.) If your plans for the next two days involve visiting historic places, and you're on Foursquare, I have a challenge for you: unlock the Preservation Nation badge on Foursquare!

That's right: the National Trust for Historic Preservation now has a badge on Foursquare. We're not really allowed to tell you how to get it, other than you need to follow PresNation on Foursquare to do so. We have more than 500 tips loaded into the site, so you can pick up fun facts about historic places nationwide.  The badge will be available for a limited time only, so start checking in now!

By the way -- if you do check in somewhere and unlock our badge, we'd love to see where you are. If you upload a photo on Foursquare and "shout" it to us on Twitter using the hashtag #savingplaces, we may feature your photo in a future blog post.

If you just read the paragraphs above and said “Four-what?” Here’s the scoop:

Foursquare is a smartphone app that allows users to “check in” to places, get tips about those places, and share their location information via Facebook and Twitter. In order to encourage users to check in at sites regularly, check-ins at particular types of locations unlock virtual “badges.”

If you want to get started -- and try to unlock the Preservation Nation badge --  download Foursquare to your smartphone and make sure to follow PresNation. Foursquare has apps for many types of phones, including iPhone, Android, and Blackberry.

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.

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.

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