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How to Unlock World Cup Badges On Foursquare, Gowalla and Miso

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Some of you who regularly read EPL Talk know that I’m a big fan of location-based social networking apps such as Foursquare, Gowalla, Miso and – one of my new favorites – Foodspotting. The apps, which can be used on your phone or online, allow you to “check in” to different places so your friends and followers can find out what establishments you like and which TV programs you watch.

The location-based social networking apps may sound silly at first, but the more you use them, the more addictive they get especially since many of them offer virtual badges which are featured on your profile. And just like collecting Panini stickers, the apps encourage you to collect as many virtual badges as possible.

The connection to soccer is that a few of the location-based social networking sites have created special World Cup badges. And with the World Cup happening right now, there’s no better time to get out of the house or office and to go to a soccer bar to “check in” and earn your virtual soccer badge.

Here’s how you can earn them on Foursquare, Gowalla and Miso:

Foursquare

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Foursquare has partnered with CNN to promote its “World Cup Super Fan” badge. To get one, you have to follow @worldcupcnn on Twitter first. Then, visit a sports bar that is one of the approved ones on the Foursquare/CNN list. Note, however, that not all of the approved venues are listed on that page. So your best bet is to go to your local watering hole for World Cup games and check in there. Then, after three check-ins at World Cup viewing parties, you’ll receive the World Cup Super Fan badge, like I did.

If you haven’t signed up for Foursquare yet, visit their website for more details (it’s free).

Gowalla

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Gowalla’s process of getting a soccer badge is much easier. All you have to do is check in at a World Cup viewing party. Then mention the words “World Cup” in your comment and post your check in to Twitter or Facebook and you’ll receive the above pictured Beautiful Game pin. So far, more than 1,300 soccer fans from around the world have earned the pin.

Sign up for Gowalla today if you haven’t already done so.

Miso

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With Miso, you can “check in” when you’re watching a TV show or movie so your friends and followers can get a better glimpse of what you’re watching and vice-versa. The more FIFA World Cup games you watch and check in with Miso, the greater your chances of earning the above pictured badges. Also, if you’re at a World Cup viewing party, you can check in there and add that location.

Sign up for Miso today.

About Christopher Harris

Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013. View all posts by Christopher Harris →
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