Dennis Crowley, the co-founder of Foursquare, has a brief walking history of the early days of the location-based social site. A lot of bars and coffee shops helped provide an environment where the ideas and strategies that eventually became Foursquare were fostered. The only non-eatery/ale house on the list? A snapshot of the elevator buttons at ITP (Interactive Telecommunications Program – New York University) where Crowley graduate from:
My thesis project, dodgeball.com (sold to Google in 05) was born here [ITP]. A lot of the “life as a game” ideas in 4SQ came the “Big Games” class Frank Lantz’s taught.
(Via Jason Kottke)