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What About Foursquare?

So there’s been this thing that’s been around for about 3 years (as of March 11th). It is called Foursquare and there’s a good chance you’ve probably heard of it by now.

VLA Very Large Array Radiotelescope, New Mexico 2008 by Gord McKenna

But in case if you haven’t heard of it, it is an online social networking application that allows users to “check-in” to literally any location through their smart phones. Foursquare makes this worthwhile through implementing badges and points to reward frequent “check-ins” and any other notable achievements. This is great, because foursquare is capable of connecting to your other social networking sites so that you could share your “check-ins” with your extended friends and followers.

You see, the beauty of this is that it motivates people to tell others about a place that they were at. In many cases, these places are businesses, so when one tells another about the place that they checked in at, it is similar to advertising. But in their heads, it is not, because Foursquare makes this fun.

But the potential trouble behind this is that Foursquare users often put themselves at risk by revealing where they are currently located through checking in at different spots. Would you really want others knowing where you are at? How about at all times? Did you keep strangers in mind? Yeah, it’s scary, isn’t it?

This shouldn’t be something to completely scare off potential users. I really just see this as something to be made aware of. As fun as it is to tell people that you are at someplace, do you really want people potentially finding you there? In other cases, what if you are revealing the location of a good friend’s house? That would totally violate their privacy, as I’m sure that they would not want the world seeing where they live.

What do you think about Foursquare? Do you use it? Why? Is it fun? What about privacy issues and the sort?

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