For millions of years, animals have marked their territory in one very effective manner: by urinating on it. In the very recent past, though, humans have moved away from that (for obvious reasons) and started marking our territory digitally with foursquare.
To help us reconnect with our past, developer Andrew Quitmeyer has come up with an application and a device that checks you in on foursquareâ€¦ when you pee on it. According to Quitmeyer’s site for the Mark Your TerritoryÂ project, it offers the following features:
- Check-In Gradient:Â How “there” were you?
- Unbiased Profiles:Â A description of yourself that you cannot cheat
- Cross-Species Communication:Â Squirrels knows nothing of your Foursquare status but can tell where you peed
- True Ephemera:Â Maintenance of a physical reputation is demanding (and rewarding)
- Indirect Environmental Restructuring:Â Explicit marks fade, but one’s impact on a physical environment is permanent.
I have to admit, I’ve never considered the fact that our foursquare mayorships mean nothing in the animal world. I’m glad someone else has â€” and that they’ve had a little fun with it.
What do you think of the Mark Your Territory project? Would you check in if it meant you had to pee on a venue to do it?