Tomorrow, April 16, is Foursquare Day and it’s not just the workers at the busiest location-based check-in service who say so. Mayor Bloomberg of New York City says so, as does the Mayor of Indianapolis and apparently dozens of other cities across the US.
Here’s the skinny from the Foursquare Day home page.
Foursquare Day is April 16th – because it is the 4th month, and the 4-squared day! (4/16) It’s also the first “Social Media holiday” and was officially endorsed by Foursquare.com.
Foursquare Day is all about celebrating social media, but personally, I think they may be giving people the wrong impression. If it’s a “social media holiday,” doesn’t that mean you should take a break (aka a “holiday”) from social media. This whole thing could backfire on them. Imagine if everyone stopped Tweeting, updating their Facebook and checking-in for 24 hours! What a lonely planet this would be.
I love social media as much, if not more than the next guy, but if they’re going to give Foursquare an official holiday, then Twitter and Facebook deserve equal time. And while we’re at it, let’s plan a retirement party for MySpace.
Or better yet, how about an official holiday for teachers or firemen? I think they deserved to be honored a little more than Foursquare.
How will you be celebrating the world’s first “social media holiday?”