After an obsessive effort that borders on embarrassing levels of crazy, I have finally unlocked the Gossip Girl badge on Foursquare. I was alone (lame), at Campbell Apartment, and this of course this made my night. I even got a ridiculously overpriced glass of champagne to celebrate!
Further embarrassing disclosure: Last night I dreamed that Foursquare founder Dennis Crowley sent me a personal email to say that, thanks to my pioneering Foursquare efforts, I’d been given a special “Constance Billard Queen” title and would be receiving my headband in the mail. I think I’ve officially gone off the deep end. If you want to unfriend me on various social networking outlets, I won’t be offended.
SO ANYWAYS. Since I’ve spent way too much time thinking about this stupid badge (we dedicated an entire night to this shit for god’s sake (PS: worth every minute!)), I thought I’d summarize what I know about it for future generations of crazy obsessive gossip girl freaks. You know you love me.
What I Know About The Gossip Girl Badge
According to our sources inside Foursquare (wink), it only takes three check-ins to unlock the badge. But knowing where to check in is apparently one secret they’ll never tell. Here is what our diligent research has unveiled:
The tags on foursquare’s website are bogus. Most venues on foursquare.com are tagged with various adjectives, these include “Gossip Girl” and the badge’s former iteration, “Socialite.” You can see some people like Rachel Sklar and Caroline McCarthy have unlocked both, but only Gossip Girl is available now. You can view the lists of venues tagged as Gossip Girl here. Lesley has drawn up this lovely little infograph to make it a bit easier. (View large here.)
However, those tags, apparently, don’t mean shit. The crossed off names are venues Lesley has been to, and its clearly more than three. On our infamous Night of the Living Gossip Girl Badge, we checked into 17 places tagged with “Gossip Girl” and still didn’t get it.
SO. Tags = bullshit. Moving on. You can back your way into the equation by stalking people who have already gotten the badge. As shown in my victorious Campbell Apartment checkin above, Foursquare tells you the venue whenever a badge is unlocked. In our stalkertown research, we found ten places where people had actually unlocked either of the badges. They are:
Salon de Ning at Peninsula hotel
(Notably Tenjune and Rouge Tomate don’t have Gossip Girl or Socialite tags on Foursquare’s website.) I have been to four of the venues on that list—Campbell Apartment—twice—, Geisha, Marquee, and Butter. But it wasn’t until I went to Campbell Apartment for a second time that I got it. WEIRD. And Mary has now been to maybe seven of the places on that list. So what’s up with that?
Could it have been a completely different place that’s not tagged and no one has unlocked it there yet? I don’t go to many Upper East Side/Meatpacking district places as part of my regular life (which is why I insanely engineered this whole thing and makes it even funnier that I got the badge when I wasn’t even trying). But I was at the Waldorf before going to Campbell Apartment last night… But I’ve actually checked in there a handful of times, so I’d have gotten it before last night… ANYWAYS.
My only explanation is that you need to go to a place more than once. Either that, or at least a few of the people who have unlocked it at Geisha/Butter/Marquee were freak accidents. Clearly this is not an exact science.
What I’ve learned is there’s only one sure bet to unlock the badge. You must go to Campbell Apartment, three times, have drunken sex with Nate Archibald on a barstool, three times, then flee to a hotel room where you meet up with a friend who is secretly plotting to make a video of you being statutorily raped by a coke dealer, three times, only to have him OD on the aforementioned coke, three times, leading you to stupidly believe you are the one who killed him (you believe this because you are young and beautiful but also very, very stupid), three times, which all results in your running away to boarding school for a year, three times. That’s what I did. XOXO motherfuckers.