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Week 7: T.O.W – Let’s PLAY Foursquare!

Posted in Social Media by meshae on March 5, 2010

I remember playing Foursquare when I was younger.

Welcome to the adult version of Foursquare.

How many times have you heard the words, “It’s all about location”?

Well the creators of one of social media’s newest outlets, Foursquare, have taken the phrase to a different level.

According to the website, Foursquare allows its users to “check-in” with their friends. The idea of the site is to share your favorite places to eat, hang out or grab a cup of coffee with others.

For businesses, the site means free advertising.

Imagine if every time you went somewhere new to eat, you announced it to your friends so that they could try it out. And with Foursquare you can announce it via Twitter and other social networks. Now all of your followers and friends and see where you’re eating and how great it is. That’s load of free publicity for that establishment.

Foursquare allows users to share their experiences, which is something we all do anyway. Whether good or bad, Foursquare is a way to make your good experiences more public and help others avoid bad ones.

I am not one to try “that new restaurant that just opened around the corner.” With Foursquare, I can see what people are saying and decide whether or not it’s worth a try.

And being the skeptic that I am, I worry that Foursquare could potentially be breeding ground for “stalkers.” Eek!

Making my location public has always worried me. The site has a lot of potential and is growing rapidly, but I still worry that users will soon abuse its capabilities.

All I can do is hope that people understand the purpose of websites, like Foursquare and Twitter, and behave accordingly.

If you’re still not sold on how YOU can use Foursquare, check out this video from Co-founder Dennis Crowley.

Good Luck!


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  1. mattmauney said,

    Hey Meshae, I enjoyed your thoughts on Foursquare. I agree with everything you said. I think that the benefits that this can have on businesses are obvious, as it will provide a “competition” between friends and in turn gain business for companies. However, I agree that it could prove to be a dangerous social technology when it comes to the general public. There are a lot of creepy people out there and I don’t know if I would feel comfortable sharing my locations with some people.

    For example, it could be dangerous for people to “broadcast” where they are or where they are going to be. After all we never truly know who is reading these posts. With other social networking sites, like Facebook and Twitter, you have the choice of whether or not you want people to know where you are, but the whole point of Foursquare is to track where you are.

    It will be interesting to see where this site goes and the growth it gets. I especially liked your embedded video with one of the co-founders of Foursquare. It’s always nice to see and hear from the people behind these social networking sites.

  2. mbutle said,

    Hmm, he is attractive for a creator. Is Foursquare in the Fortune 500 yet? But anyway, I dont see the big deal about Foursquare. If people want to live their life in a virtual world where all the things in a real world exist, why dont they play dungeons and dragons? maybe that’s a little harsh. But I do not think that this social media site will last that long. This is a great tool for small businesses and restaurants to gain exposure.

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