From what I have gathered foursquare is a new social media site. I am no pro at it, but I do see the pros and cons of the website. Foursquare is a website that people can join and gather what is like followers on twitter. First a person must download the application onto their mobile device. Once one has the application they must “check in”. By checking in a person can tell friends where they are going and see where their person are. One can also share features of the places so others that may be intrigued will join or visit the business soon. On foursquare people say where they are going and if they go to this place enough they become what is called the “major”. If a person is nominated as the “major” they are the person that frequents the area. The area could be anything as a restaurant or store. People can earn badges for being a person who goes there the most. The pro of the website is one can ask for an expert’s opinion. The expert would be known as the major. If a person is in the area they can see where people are going and know that it is a place they would like. People can also inform people to stay away from certain areas that they are in because those areas could be a bad part of town. The site is creative for businesses because it is free publicity and advertising. On the foursquare website there is even a place they can reward their customers for the buzz. The problem with foursquare that I can see would be stalking issues. There are already enough problems on the internet as it is, but people knowing where a person is going at all times seems as if it could create some problems.
Four square is a new ball game…. April 20, 2010