I was an avid Girl Guide. For my American friends a Girl Guide is the Canadian version of a Girl Scout. Belonging was all about collecting the badges. I was only 1 badge away from my Canada Cord and two from acquiring my All Round Cord when I quit. I should have gone for it but by then my social life had become the center of my universe.
When I began to earn surprise Foursquare badges, my long latent Girl Guide badge envy was resurrected. I’m always thrilled to find I’ve earned a new badge just by checking in via my Blackberry. (For those of you still wondering what Foursquare is, watch the video explanation below, then connect with me here.)
Thank you Mashable for your timely article today! As I was sitting in the Richmond Airport reading facebook updates on my Blackberry, Mashable posted that FourSquare was offering a new badge. I would have been irritated if I discovered the new badge after getting home from the airport.
The last few days have been news-filled with complaints and controversy around the new TSA screening procedures at American airports. (There were also three emergency Delta landings due to technical difficulties. I’m writing while airborne on a Delta flight…. if you’re reading this, I landed safely!)
I’m pleased as punch I got my new foursquare TSA badge. If you’re heading out this Thanksgiving and want the baggage handling badge here are a few pointers:
- Check in at the main airport location. I tried checking in from the gate because I had already checked in at the airport but it didn’t work.
- Add a comment with the check in and use the term TSA. Mashable says “touch” and “don’t touch my junk” may also work.
- Don’t be so busy checking in that you forget to watch your bags.
This badge was much easier to acquire than my Girl Guide badges, of course, I may not feel that way if I had been exposed to the new TSA pat-down protocols.
Hope your turkey is the only thing that gets patted down this season. Happy Thanksgiving!