This topic of the week is about Foursquare. When I was first asked “What is this Foursquare thing that we keep seeing in our Twitterstreams?” I had no idea! So first I am going to explain a little bit about what it actually is.
From the Foursquare website:
“People use foursquare to “check-in”, which is a way of telling us your whereabouts. When you check-in
someplace, we’ll tell your friends where they can find you and recommend places to go & things to do
nearby. People check-in at all kind of places – cafes, bars, restaurants, parks, homes, offices.
You’ll find that as your friends use foursquare to check-in, you’ll start learning more about the places
they frequent. Not only is it a great way to meet up with nearby friends, but you’ll also start to learn
about their favorite spots and the new places they discover.”
The more I found out about Foursquare, the more interesting it became. Foursquare can be beneficial to businesses because it can help employees keep in touch with each other, find out where they are located, find good places to eat, stay, etc., and a good means of commmunication with one another.
If there are advantages to something, there will always be disadvantages as well. This can be potentially dangerous because it is a way to “check-in.” What is I was supposed to be at work, but went to a cafe instead and “checked-in” on Foursquare. If my boss or other employees see this… it could be dangerous. It is also scary to think that people could have access to everything you do and everywhere you go. Too much information may not always be good on the Internet.
Overall, I think that Foursquare is an interesting site that is beneficial, enjoyable, and easy accessible to people. But, like everything else on the Internet, people need to be cautious of the amount of information they make available to the entire world.