I finally signed up for FourSquare. I’m not talking about the game you used to play in middle school.
I have to admit I’ve been resisting FourSquare. The thought of it made me think stalker… but I have to say it is fun and is making me want to get out more just so I can check in. It’s kind of addicting. I mean I checked in at 7-11 last night just to announce I was buying Cherry Garcia Ice Cream at 11pm. FourSquare is one of the newer players to the Social Networking scene. Actually, it has been around for a little over a year but it is just now starting to really gain momentum.
This is how FourSquare defines themselves:
What is FourSquare?
foursquare is a cross between a friend-finder, a social city-guide and a game that rewards you for doing interesting things. We aim to build things to not only help you keep up with the places your friends go, but that encourage you to discover new places and challenge you to explore your neighborhood in new ways.
Many of you who are local Bay Area Twitter users are probably familiar with @SFDoug. He’s been using FourSquare for quite some time. We have fun watching where he checks in. Watching @SFDoug on Twitter reminds me of the book Where’s Waldo. @MomNTwins (another local Twitter user) son actually asked “where is SFDoug now mom?”
So I finally joined Four Square. I resisted but I decided to go for it. The program actually complements my Sally Around The Bay blog nicely so I really have no excuse for resisting. I can now check in everywhere I go to when I’m sallying around the bay. While I’m making confessions, I have to admit I also resisted Facebook for a long time. I didn’t want to let go of MySpace. I was kind of like Craig in this video.
The world of Social Networking is an ever changing and evolving thing. It’s important to be flexible and willing to try new things when participating in social networking. It takes some of us longer than others. In order to grow in life we have to step out of our comfort zone.
By the way, I’m seeing endless potential with FourSquare. This week I was at a Café in San Francisco and when I checked in FourSquare told me there was a special nearby, I clicked on that special and it told me the bar neabry was offering a free cocktail to anyone that came in, checked in and showed them. If it weren’t 12 noon and I wasn’t on my way to a meeting I might have gone over to that bar and checked in just for the fun of it. If it were not for FourSquare I would not even have known that bar existed.
I can’t wait to start working on FourSquare with my current clients!
I’m still learning all the ins and outs of FourSquare. I’ve learned you can win badges for going to one place the most. For instance if I go to the Golden Gate Bridge more than anyone else on FourSquare I get the title Mayor of the Golden Gate Bridge. Imagine how this could benefit businesses like restaurants. Restaurants could offer a free meal to whoever becomes the mayor of their restaurant for a day.
People are by nature competitive so many of the people using FourSquare will want to be the Mayor and this could influence their decision in which restaurant to go to tonight. Say Jane only needed to go to her local favorite restaurant one more time to be the Mayor… she and her hubby were trying to decide where to eat tonight… Jane might think hmmm if I go to my favorite local restaurant tonight I just might become the Mayor. Guess where Jane and hubby are going for dinner tonight?
Restaurants can really benefit by being aware and participating in social networking conversations. The problem is most restaurants are too busy to take the time to learn how to use all the new programs… that is where I come in. 😉
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