#Foursquare users now can earn a political badge — the C-SPAN badge

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Politics lovers who use foursquare, the geosocial mobile app, now can start earning a new badge, the C-SPAN badge. By checking in at five of many pre-designated Washington, D.C. — locations where C-SPAN typically has or sends cameras to cover events, or otherwise are closely connected to national politics — foursquare users will unlock the C-SPAN badge. Checking in at key political sites across the country — such as in Iowa and New Hampshire, locations with early presidential campaign activities which C-SPAN covers– also will count toward earning the C-SPAN badge. Hint for users eager to earn the badge: Many of these locations already have educational C-SPAN tips placed on foursquare. C-SPAN currently uses foursquare in two primary ways:

  • C-SPAN provides the public with educational tips about locations which are prominent in national politics, policy, the government, and history, primarily in Washington, D.C.-based sites.
  • The C-SPAN Digital Bus checks-in on foursquare from communities it visits across the country.
Over the coming political season, C-SPAN will add tips to locations related to C-SPAN? Campaign 2012 and Road to the White House presidential campaign coverage. C-SPAN also will add tips in coordination with its 2011 Local Content Vehicles tour of southeastern cities, visiting various literary and historic sites. C-SPAN coordinates its foursquare efforts with JESS3, a creative agency that facilitated C-SPAN? introduction to foursquare. JESS3 designed C-SPAN? foursquare badge and C-SPAN? foursquare page:http://foursquare.com/cspan. “We’re excited to expand our partnership with C-SPAN with the launch of this badge,” says Eric Friedman, foursquare Director of Business Development. “We hope that our continued work with C-SPAN will increase civic engagement among our users and encourage them to learn more about America’s political processes and institutions.” ?ant to impress your foursquare friends and add a political badge to your collection??asks C-SPAN co-president Rob Kennedy. ?hen the C-SPAN badge is for you. C-SPAN has always been about connecting our audience with the political landscape and now foursquare allows us to do that in new ways. Just like we?e been connecting to our audience through Twitter, Facebook, an iPhone app, and embeddable video through the online C-SPAN Video Library, foursquare and C-SPAN will help you get Washington your way.?]>

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.