Foursquare adventures!

So one of the “latest” phenomenons to hit us #socialmedia lovers and community-based online websites is foursquare.

What is foursquare?

foursquare is a cross between a friend-finder, a social city-guide and a game that rewards you for doing interesting things. We aim to build things to not only help you keep up with the places your friends go, but that encourage you to discover new places and challenge you to explore your neighborhood in new ways.

Basically when you go somewhere, you “check-in” from your mobile phone or laptop and you let your friends know you are there, like: restaurants, parks, etc. You can also add a to-do list and tips for the place you are at. It’s pretty neat. You also get “points” when you check-in to places.

Do I think it’s necessarily the safest thing? No. It does have your current location on it (just the city) and lists the latest place you have checked-in, so someone could know where you are.

#1 safety tip for foursquare I have come across:

Check-in when you’re on your way out so no one really knows you are there and they can’t actually find you when you are there.

I have had a foursquare account for a few days, but just started using it today from my BlackBerry. I have checked into three places, as of now, and am just kinda checking it out still. I have added a few things on my to-do list, like a few local restaurants I would like to check out, and have left a few tips for people to see about my favorite places to go.

I do not think this is super popular yet, but I think it will grow. As a society right now, we are all about ourselves and we like to let people know what we’re doing at all times. That’s what the “immediate” update we have going on at all times is about. There are thousands upon thousands of feeds on Twitter telling us what you are doing 24/7. Does anyone actually care? No, but we like to think someone does.

So this thing with foursquare… it is original? Kind of, there are other things like this. Do people really care where you are? Probably not, but there is a chance you could see that a friend is at the same place as you. Plus, it is fun to “check-in” and “get points.” I think it will be around for a while and gain popularity quickly.

Check out my foursquare: http://foursquare.com/user/laurenkgray

Foursquare definition from: http://foursquare.com/help/

2 thoughts on “Foursquare adventures!

  1. I recently saw someone I was following on Twitter make a comment about Foursquare. It said something along the lines of: Eating on a rooftop and just met so-and-so through checking in with Foursquare. I thought it was pretty neat, and I wish I would have retweeted that or remember who said it so I could have the exact quote! Oh well. Foursquare is definitely gaining popularity, fast. It’s like Twitter.. once it catches on EVERYONE is doing it. I am interested to see where it is headed.

    I agree with you about the safety issue that comes with Foursquare. The only times I will ever check in when I arrive somewhere is if there are tons of people around. WCU for instance, when I remember to use Foursquare I will check in when I arrive on campus because it’s pretty spread out and the chances of someone finding me are pretty slim. However, if I was somewhere by myself I would definitely wait until I was leaving.

    Great post! 🙂

  2. I recently saw someone I was following on Twitter make a comment about Foursquare. It said something along the lines of: Eating on a rooftop and just met so-and-so through checking in with Foursquare. I thought it was pretty neat, and I wish I would have retweeted that or remember who said it so I could have the exact quote! Oh well. Foursquare is definitely gaining popularity, fast. It’s like Twitter.. once it catches on EVERYONE is doing it. I am interested to see where it is headed.
    I agree with you about the safety issue that comes with Foursquare. The only times I will ever check in when I arrive somewhere is if there are tons of people around. WCU for instance, when I remember to use Foursquare I will check in when I arrive on campus because it’s pretty spread out and the chances of someone finding me are pretty slim. However, if I was somewhere by myself I would definitely wait until I was leaving.
    Great post! 🙂

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