Categories
Search

 

Monday
Apr092012

Ins and Outs of Foursquare

With any aspect of social media most of us are making up the rules as we go along and Foursquare is no different. For those of you who aren't familiar, Foursquare is based on "checking in" at different locations around town and is available in a long list of cities. When you check in at a location, your friends, or those with whom you’ve connected to within your network can see where you are in the world. The idea is that you can meet up with each other, discover new places, take advantage of specials shared by retailers, etc.

The game part of Foursquare comes into play with your check ins. By checking in, a user is able to unlock badges, creating even more fun and competition. You get a point for checking in, five points for a first time check in, more points if you're adding a new venue, and so on. These points add up and eventually earn badges.

Another interesting aspect of Foursquare is how local businesses are using the technology. When you check in at Location A, you are alerted that Location B is offering a special or discount. Also, more savvy businesses are offering specials to the "mayor' of that location.

So what's the mayor of Foursquare? The mayor is the person that has the most check ins at that particular location. For a new location it takes just two check ins to become the mayor if no one else from Foursquare has discovered it yet.

If you're ready to jump into Foursquare, go to the Foursquare site and sign up for an account. Download an app to your smartphone and get to checking in.

Some advice:

  • It's okay to link your Foursquare account to Twitter and Facebook, but consider limiting those auto updates. No one but your mother cares to see your every move throughout the city pumped through Twitter and Facebook. It’s easy to turn both of those options off on your account so only Foursquare is affected by your every move.
  • Don't add just anybody as a friend. Add people you know in real life or talk to often via social networks. In other words, connect with people you feel safe with and don't mind them knowing where you’re at or where you’re going next.
  • If you're going somewhere and you want the points but don't necessarily want everyone to know where you are, check in as being "off the grid".  (Select "off" for the "Tell my friends" option)
  • Include shout outs if there's some detail about the place you want to share with your friends, such as a certain dish you recommend at your favorite restaurant or a great sales person at a store.
  • Use Foursquare as a networking tool  If someone regularly checks into a place you frequent, look them up on Twitter. If connecting makes, sense, reach out to the person and see about setting up coffee. Foursquare can be used as a great way to break the ice and meet someone that you may not have bumped into in otherwise.


If you have a great Foursquare tip to add, too, please share in the comments section below!

 

Jenna Oltersdorf owns an award-winning public relations and design firm headquartered in Austin, Texas that specializes in media relations, internal relations, social media, and design.

 

PrintView Printer Friendly Version

EmailEmail Article to Friend

References (72)

References allow you to track sources for this article, as well as articles that were written in response to this article.
  • Response
    Response: Hae Ondo
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Jina Tod
    I found a great...
  • Response
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Mozelle Vinal
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Valarie Swiatek
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Barry Feilbach
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Carline Ferniza
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Cherri Yamashiro
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Shayne Manylath
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Angelita Hun
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Traci Moreshead
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Marcel Weisholz
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Erlinda Morando
    I found a great...
  • Response
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Norene Ditta
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Grayce Brennon
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Margie Mcgaugh
    I found a great...
  • Response
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Derek Felps
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Eugenio Pangallo
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Novella Nurse
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Kirby Spuhler
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Heriberto Cassady
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Bobby Mulready
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Robt Giarusso
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Li Petaccio
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Dia Radue
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Ian Boiani
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Elroy Hintergardt
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Stanford Rideout
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Trudie Sachleben
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Adelaide Niemiel
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Beckie Staub
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Judy Mascagni
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Armand Ermert
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Jarod Ricucci
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Dewey Banales
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Lawrence Webre
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Graham Oswalt
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Deon Petosa
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Lashon Guntert
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Alva Fydenkevez
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Lisha Mcmahen
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Mika Stjohns
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Lionel Oberfell
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Cleotilde Ropes
    I found a great...
  • Response
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Dion Blanchfield
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Kieth Ridenhour
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Christian Delanuez
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Shonda Gemmer
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Angeles Pleasanton
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Omega Gorz
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Astrid Donado
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Ronald Moyse
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Trinh Medlen
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Bessie Lavis
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Dreama Conigliaro
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Ressie Melchin
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Rick Foy
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Rosario Zuckerwar
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Luna Hughlett
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: lawyer file diy
    I found a great...
  • Response
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Numbers
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Beau Hanshew
    I found a great...
  • Response
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Lana Zeherquist
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Sadye Macri
    I found a great...
  • Response
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Josef Minrod
    I found a great...
  • Response
    Response: Alicia Vandale
    I found a great...

Reader Comments (1)

Appreciation for really being thoughtful and also for deciding on certain marvelous guides most people really want to be aware of.

September 6, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterLolita outfit

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Post:
 
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>
« How Public Relations Works | Main | Trend: Color Blocking »