I will admit, I used to be very against foursquare. I was also very public with my hate of foursquare. Who cares where anyone is? Not me! Well, I guess I care now because I am totally into foursquare. Perhaps I didn’t fully understand what foursquare was during my hating days. Let me break it down just incase we have some haters on the fence.
Foursquare is a relatively simple social networking Web site. You create a username — it seems as if most people choose to use their full names. Once you have set up your account with your username and your location you can start “checking in” to difference places that you go. I’ve found that there is where most of the “who cares!?!?!” stem from. Why check in? A lot of establishments are starting to have specials if you check in. Let’s say you are at a bar and you check in — there could be a discounted price on beer if you show your server that you checked in at that establishment on foursquare. Also, people who check in there can write tips for other users: order this, don’t you dare oder that, this place is the most fun on Thursday nights. As a user, if you are not sure where to go or what to get you can consult foursquare users. It serves as a great business tool as well because you can see in very much real time what people are saying about your establishment.
Besides check-ins and surfing through the tips that other users post you can have friends on foursquare and then you can see where they check in at. And what’s the purpose of that? It is just fun to see what they are doing.
To get started just visit www.foursquare.com and set up your account and then you can download the appropriate mobile app so that you can actually use your foursquare while you are out. I think that you can even set up your account on your cell phone, but I just prefer getting it started on a computer because it is faster to key in the requested information.
Want to be my friend on foursquare? My username is just my name: Samantha Krotzer.
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