Our favourite follower this week is Ed Porras.
Ed has been following and contributing to the alexandluke.com project for the majority of our trip, despite the fact that we didn’t stop in his hometown of Gainesville, Florida. Thankfully Ed didn’t take our skipping Gainesville personally, and has continued to follow along and contribute suggestions on Twitter and Gowalla.
When he saw that we were in New Mexico, he suggested to us 14 of his favourite places in Albuquerque and did it in a way that is a first for us at alexandluke.com! He did it by creating a trip for us on Gowalla. If you aren’t a Gowalla user and want to know what that means, he did the offline equivalent of printing out a map with all of his favourite places marked down on it, and then included descriptions of all the places.
Unlike a conventional map, The Gowalla trip worked with our phone’s GPS and displayed which of Ed’s suggestions were geographically closest to us. Once we knew that, we were able to walk 2 blocks away from our hotel into a restaurant crowded street and easily make the decision to enter the Blackbird Buvette.
While Ed’s performance in creating the trip was fantastic, our performance was pitiful (we only checked into 4 of the 14 spots suggested), but we really appreciate the effort that Ed put in to making this list! If you ever find yourselves in Albuquerque, New Mexico and are looking for a place to eat, drink, see nature, or buy groceries, Consult Ed’s trip. If the 10 suggestions we didn’t take are anything like the 4 that we did, you won’t regret it. The first person to complete all 14 suggestions of Ed’s trip gets an alexandluke.com T-Shirt*
You are our favourite follower of the week.
*Offer expires October 15th 2012