Mayor of Tampa Using Foursquare… to Become Mayor Again

By Kenna McHugh 

Mayor Bob Buckhorn of Tampa might earn the title of “mayor” through Foursquare.

Foursquare has always had a political bent — it offers users the chance to achieve the title of “mayor” by visiting a place repeatedly.

Well, in Florida, something interesting is happening — Government Technology reports that Tampa’s Foursquare users are going toe-to-toe with real-life Mayor Bob Buckhorn. The competition started when Buckhorn initiated his own Foursquare account to engage citizens on his whereabouts in their city. Users of the Web service can follow Buckhorn’s account and review his “check ins” at local establishments such as restaurants and local shops.  Now, he’s getting so popular that he may become the mayor himself, which may be a first in foursquare history.

Social media is nothing new to Buckhorn; the mayor has an established Facebook and Twitter account. He posts regularly letting his friends and followers know what he is working on each week. He uses the social media to let people know what he is doing and what is going on in Tampa.

Buckhorn is not only checking in to Tampa’s spots, he has also written tips for 33 different places in Tampa, which users can read and become familiar with. There is even a Google map function on Foursquare indicating each place Buckhorn has visited.

It can’t go without mentioning that Tampa is hosting the 2012 Republican National Convention. Visitors can easily check with the mayor’s choice picks of great places to visit while in his city.