SIMPLY ZESTY CONVINCED Vodafone Ireland to buy drinks for punters who visited the Dakota Bar--and they tossed in a giveaway iPad as well--so I arrived, chatted, and left with a Foursquare Swarm badge (at left). Several other Irish meet-ups tried to get the swarm badge but the Vodafone Ireland event looks like it's the first occasion on the island to award the badge. Fifty people had to check into the Dakota bar within the same hour to ensure the badge was awarded. I appreciate Niall Fagan alerting me to the event via Plancast. I'm taking several thoughts from this swarm to a bee lover's event in South Tipperary later this summer and I wonder if there's any hope of repeating the milestone. Getting the Swarm badge wasn't as important as meeting up with several people who have nurtured social audio since 2005. Jessie Ward sat outside Dakota with a riveting conversation underway and Steve McCormack was sorting out another television show just inside the wide-open summer doorway. Jonathan Grimes from the Contemporary Music Centre exchanged ideas with me about sharing audio snippets and those ideas will form a key part of the third level social media module delivered at Tipperary Institute next year. Based on what I'm hearing on Audioboo, it's possible that we'll run the module twice a year now.
Niall Fagan -- "Foursquare Swarm Badge Unlocked in Dublin" on the Simply Zesty Blog.