This is a small but very profound story about how we were able to track down my cousin who was in NY visiting from Spain thanks to Foursquare.
My cousin Chrissy was in NY for the week with her sister Tophina. I have not seen her for over a decade and she was one of my favorite cousins (at least after I hit adolescences and stopped hating her as I did as a child). Naturally I took Sunday to spend the day in NY with my family. We were playing by ear when and where we would meet. I did not have Chrissy’s temporary number but my brother had Tophina’s number. Unfortunately, my brother David could not get in touch with Tophina as she did not have reception. So I decided to look on foursquare and low and behold Chrissy checked in at the Metropolitan Museum in NY.
So my family and I road down to the Met and hung out, witnessing the thousands of people marching in protest of the Stop and Frisks laws of NYC. We stayed an hour until Tophina called us and told us to meet them at the Boathouse of Central Park. We spent a wonderful afternoon with them enjoying beautiful weather, relaxed ambiance and of course great drinks with family. If it was not for foursquare, it would have been much more difficult to get in touch and likely my patience would have sent me back home without seeing my beautiful cousins or witness a powerful movement unfold.
Long story short, being online and being present really helps people connect with you in more profound ways and for very promising results and experiences. High five Foursquare!