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January 6, 2010

Dixon not mayor at Baltimore City Hall ... on Foursquare

Baltimore City HallMidnight Sun King Sam Sessa isn't on Foursquare -- a growing social networking site where users can "check in" at bars, restaurants and the like, letting their friends know where they are eating and drinking. But I (guest poster and Community Coordinator Carla) am, and when news came down via an e-mail from Marc Steiner that Mayor Sheila Dixon would be resigning, there was a mad rush for Foursquarers to check in at, you guessed it, City Hall.

See, the person who's checked in the most at a place becomes the "mayor." For example, I'm the mayor of The Reserve in South Baltimore. And, sometimes, mayors get perks. I hear the mayor of Teavolve gets a free entree. Pretty neat? Some of you think so (others will make fun of Foursquare in the comments, I'm sure).

So, people began to check in at City Hall, joking that they had to become the mayor before Stephanie Rawlings-Blake steps in. But who is the mayor of City Hall on Foursquare? That would be Steve Kruskamp Jr., who says his first order of business will be "appointing the entire cast of Jersey Shore as my staff."

Sounds like a fabulous plan to me.

Baltimore Sun photo by Jed Kirschbaum


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Posted by Carla Correa at 4:32 PM | | Comments (17)
Categories: Random stuff


Ol' Steve has been at this for weeks. I had seen several of his check-ins there and wondered WTF.

I am the Mayor of several Federal Hill gin joints and one high profile restaurant in Frederick. Though I am not sure it helps me to get a good table.

The fact that there this Foursquare even exists is sad. I mean, how much more narcissism can we take! Facebook, Me, Me and I. My Space, look at me I'm so special! Twitter, I'm eating now. Who f'ing cares. Unreal.

WTF are you talking about?

Sweet fancy Moses. Why would I want another doodad in addition to Facebook and Twitter?

Of course, I just signed up, but have no idea why. Its site is crap though, I got two fatal errors when trying to sign up. I see you can earn point and badges. Awesome. While I don't need no stinnkin' badges, I do like points.

So I go to FourSquare and post something and then that gets posted on my Facebook page. Uh, I don't get it.

I'm already the king of bad decisions, Mayor would be a step down.

Nice, thought I hear if you check in 10 times at Bad Decisions, you get a free flaming shot. If alcohol set ablaze is your kind of thing ... CC

Good God, get lives already. Make your first life nice and you won't need a digital one to hide in to feel important.

"i am currently at midnight sun"

does that make me the mayor of it?

sam, i expect rewards ASAP!

ryan97ou, I have some hand sanitizer or screwdrivers that I could give to the mayor of Midnight Sun ... what incentive! cc

I meant bad decisions my life, not the bar. I get no points for those.

Still confused.


And why is this included among the links at the top of the Sun's website?

Can't figure out how you check in somewhere. As usual, I am nowhere. Oh, self-esteem, another digital existential crisis.

I've watched one particular super user combing through other people's checkins on four square and there is very little accountability - some users check in 40+ times to a single location daily ...for some reason. Doesn't make it any less fun (I guess), but unless you're fully willing to be geotagged everywhere you go which I am not it's pretty much up in the air.

Although at this point it would appear being the mayor of city hall does have its 83K a year perk now doesn't it... crap!

I agree with the sentiment here. Between emails, texts, blogs, Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, fourcorners or squares or whatever it's called, we won't need to use our voices to actually talk to real human beings.
Maybe I'm just old, but this is getting out of hand.

Owl Meat Gravy, I am the actual Mayor of Bad Decisions ( and am pleased that you take such comfort in my municipality. Perhaps one day we will cross paths so that I may give you some gift cards intended for the needy and show off one of my fabulous new fur coats!

I think Mayor Spam didn't get my stupid joke. It's about capitalization. Bad Decisions is a bar and bad decisions is my lifestyle. No doubt I will combine the two some day.

My God, what have I done...

This is not my beautiful house

I found this article on Sheila's goons interesting:

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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