Sunday, July 1, 2012

Social Landmarks Around The World

With the summer vacation season now upon us, Facebook has dipped into its check-in data to figure out the locations of the world’s most social landmarks. The data covered 25 cities worldwide, and the most popular social landmarks included sports arenas, public areas, amusement parks, concert arenas, and shopping malls. People love checking into their favorite spots, whether to celebrate memories with family and friends, or make them jealous because they might be missing out on an amazing time. Some of the most popular check-ins are an obvious no-brainer — like Times Square in NYC or the Coliseum in Rome, Italy — others will totally surprise you, and places left off the list will leave you scratching your head as to why they didn’t make the cut.

In North America, baseball was a big attraction for check-ins, with Wrigley Field in Chicago and AT&T Park in San Francisco leading the way. But what about Yankee Stadium or Fenway Park? In Europe, Camp Nou in Barcelona Spain — home of FC Barcelona — led the way. These outdoor venues led a summer trend of people enjoying the outdoors, with other popular check-ins belonging to music festivals like Glastonbury and Lollapalooza, concert venues like The O2′s in Dublin and London, and amusement parks in Sweden, Denmark, Singapore and South Korea… but where’s Disneyland on these lists?

While finding restaurants on this list isn’t a huge surprise, one that got a mention is quite stupefying: T.G.I. Fridays in Aker Brygge, Norway. Hard Rock Cafes around the world make more sense, but it seems as though Norway thinks T.G.I. Fridays is the coolest restaurant on the planet, and we’ll just let them have that one.

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