Rowayton resident Chris Buswell used to work for the CIA, an organization known for secrecy and espionage. But now he enjoys letting people know where he is through Foursquare . The website, which allows users to "check in" to their favorite spots around town, is celebrating its second Foursquare Day on Saturday, with fans meeting up all over the world to celebrate the fun social media tool.
By checking into different locations, Foursquare users are able to alert their friends to where they are and what they are doing. When you check into a location more times than anyone else, you are declared the "mayor" of that place. Buswell, who works as a marketing specialist, real estate broker and photographer, first discovered Foursquare back in October from a friend. Since then, he has become the mayor of more than 100 locations in and around Darien.
Buswell thinks Foursquare is better than Facebook because it allows users to meet new people and find new places to go. "It is great sharing places you enjoy. I actually introduce myself to anyone who is checked into a place I am at. It's fun."
The first place he became mayor of was Kotobuki in Stamford, where he enjoys the sushi. He says that he likes checking into places that create a fun territorial challenge. "I am very competitive so when someone takes over one of my mayorships it's all-out war," he said.
Buswell enjoys meeting new people through the site, and thinks that it can have practical use in business. "Business applications are really good as you are introducing local businesses and specials. There are more and more people using smart phones today. Stand in any line, sit at any table, or just look around people are all on their smart phones doing something. No more email, worldwide web, or telephone calls. It is all local and what is happening now and around you. What better way to notify the community of specials?"
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