I found myself sitting at the foursquare homepage looking at the list of people I follow and noticed three of the 4Sq Staff I follow checked into their NYC HeadQuarters venue.
I clicked through to the venue with the intent to marvel at the billions of check-ins at the home of foursquare (14,487 check-ins). What struck me was the 85 people listed as staff on their venue, it makes sense as they all are staff at foursquare.
I then started thinking “with such an easy access list of all the people that work at foursquare, I wonder how they stack up against each other?” Here are my findings (data dated July 20, 2011*):
Average of all employees:
Days Out: 413 Check-Ins: 1332 Things Done: 109 Badges: 43 Mayorships: 4 Friends: 148 Followers (0s not included): 891 Following: 29
Other interesting tidbits:
Twenty-One staff have followers, Sixty-Four do not (aka Celebrity account). Only three people don’t have any tips (This includes Squarebot, who is clearly a bot and probably doesn’t have much of an opinion to share). Eleven 4Sq’ers have not linked their account to Twitter or Facebook, Two have their account linked with only Facebook, Thirteen linked with only Twitter, and the remaining Fifty-Nine link both Twitter and Facebook. Sixteen staff have Zero Mayorships.
Dens leads in total Days Out (1801) and Followers (6510)
Naveen leads in Things Done (999) and Friends (570)
Nate F. leads in Check-Ins (5194) and Mayorships (36)
Holger L. leads in Following pages (145)
Mike S. is the Badge Champion with 99
I also plucked a tip from each staffer’s most popular tips… here’s a sprinkling of some of my favorites.
Dens shares Iron Works BBQ “Yeah, I know it’s packed but you gotta get the steak with the butter sauce (shit, what kind of sauce was it?) and the side of mac and cheese. Bananatown delicious.”
Naveen highlights Happy Ending with this quip “go downstairs. there’s no cell service = the best thing in the world. hide from everyone. get lost. get your friend to DJ. dance. take lots of great pictures. lose track of time. stumble out. 3:52 AM.”
harryh likes 151 “The best dimly lit, rock-and-roll, everyone is getting wasted, basement bar in nyc. Bring a posse, snag the back corner with the bead”
Alex R. fills us in on Palo Santo “I highly recommend going double porky: start with the pork belly tacos (homemade tortillas + guacamole are slamming) and end with the Heritage pork. Oink!”
J Crowley loves Fragole “Bolognese is a must. Some of the best I’ve ever had. Get a quartino of multipulciano too. Parpadelle with short rib ragu is a close second.”
Tristan has this to say about Peels “my favorite place in the city. Here’s what you need to do. 1) order the shrimp + grits (wow!), 2) order the La Chouffe beer (seasonal and awesome), 3) build a biscuit (bacon + pepperjack). Game over!”
Anna F. bring some international knowledge to the states with her tip at The Summit Bar “As a native Russian, I give you my word that Russian Standard vodka is the best. If you like cucumbers and lime juice, get the Charmaine Star. You’re welcome.”
Sam B. helps us find our way, on the cheap, at Livingston South Railway Station (LVG) “Looking for the Livingston Shopping Centre? Grab the 404 bus from the station every half an hour, normally costs £1 but free if you just got off the train!”
Jeff H. verifies the authenticity of Joe’s Ginger “Try shanghai thick noodle stirfry, YES! (Recommended a guy grew up from shanghai). Be aware of the only lady staff at the cash counter tho, very impatient!”
Akshay P. tips off the brewhounds at Amsterdam Ale House “Surprisingly good selection of local seasonal brews. Order up a $6 glass of something 10%+ abv and feel just a bit smug about finding this place.”
David B. reflects on his childhood at House Of Air Trampoline Park “This place is so rad! I wish I had something like this growing up. I’d be throwing corked 540′s left and right on the hill. An hour on the trampoline will get you in shape for the snow for realz.”