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Once upon a time, a frenemy mentioned that she was collecting Foursquare mayorships by checking in at places she wasn't actually at. She was instantly struck down by the Foursquare Gods and died. The End. Ok, I got a little carried away with the ending, but the first part is true and the lamest thing I have ever heard. Lying to become mayor seems like a good way to earn yourself Foursquare's douche badge.
Let's be real, only a select group of people care about being mayor. But as someone who once ate an inappropriate amount of chow fun in order to be the rightful mayor of Mandarin House for what was probably only four glorious hours, I respect the rules of this really nerdy game. For me, fake check-ins are right up there with punching babies and cutting in line. One of the only cool things about Foursquare is that it allows me to win at something petty... I mean encourages people to go out and try places. If you don't actually go to where you checked in, you're ruining it for everyone. Basically, stop shitting in the Foursquare pool or enjoy your check-in hell. So, after I heard about this injustice, it was obvious what I'd need to do: I would become a Foursquare vigilante.
Foursquare just announced policy changes that include showing users' full names and more info when you share check-ins on Facebook. The shift to full names weirds some people out because it is likely to take some of the sport out of stalking, but users can change their privacy setting themselves before Jan. 28.
I want to stress that I am just underemployed enough to take matters into my own hands and go To Catch a Predator on these fake mayors. So watch out! I am not above suiting up like Chris Hansen, taking a camera crew to your apartment, and catching you with wine coolers when your Foursquare says you're at Dear Mom.