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foursquare: social media connector or stalking tool? November 8, 2011

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I’m having reservations about foursquare.  Let me start by saying that I get the social component; if I was meeting people at bars and restaurants on a regular basis, I’d be all for foursquare.  Checking in to something like Minnebar or Product Camp: awesome, I get it. 

What I’m questioning is why people I do not know want to follow me on foursquare.   One of my 30 (yep, only 30!!) foursquare friends actually has over 500 foursquare friends!   If my Droid X made tweety sounds for the checkins of 500 people, I would send it permanently to a time out.  

I want to know who those 30 people are that I am shadowing.   Honestly, one of my friends checks into Weight Watchers on a weekly basis.  Another (I am not making this up!) checked into Sex World on almost a daily basis.   TMI, people!!!  

If you have 500 friends, how do you know one of them is not waiting for you to check into Mall of America so they can case your home for some shopping of their own? 

For my final rant, why are we telling our friends every time we check into Target or Depot?   The one nifty feature of foursquare is that you can check in but NOT tell your friends….just click NO to the share question.

Feels better to get that out on the written screen. 

When I check into Hacks & Hackers Twin Cities tomorrow night, I’m gonna love finding out if I’m the first to check in, or who I know who already is there…. So I do use foursquare.   For now.

Kay Roseland   @KayLoire

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FourSquare and your Home: Security ‘R Us???? June 16, 2011

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Shareology has been playing around with foursquare lately.  One of the big surprises has been the amount of residential addresses listed in the Minneapolis area.  At first Shareology was amazed to see a listing for other than a business or a restaurant or a retailer.   Next, her security and privacy concerns kicked in waving red flags.

Last night’s MIMA gathering offered a solution.  Speaker  @AsifRKhan on Location-Based Marketing talked about the home as a location for LBM in a larger context, plus offered a solution to my foursquare concerns.   He suggested that rather than set up a place for a home address, it would be safer to check into one’s neighborhood.  Ah, Neighborhood!!!

So there you have it parents.  Once you were off the hook if you put the computer in the living room and looked over your kids shoulders.  Now you better be sure your basement isn’t a foursquare location.  Informed sources tell me that foursquare will be deleting places like this from the site.  Wonder how many party houses Shareology can check into before that happens?

To follow the conversation from MIMA’s event on location-based marketing follow @mimatweet or @AsifRKhan

Kay Roseland   @KayLoire

 

Happy 40th! Wood Lake ! May 16, 2011

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Wood Lake Nature Center in Richfield, MN celebrated 40 years yesterday….since Shareology is currently the Mayor of Wood Lake via foursquare, we thought we’d share with you some shots of Spring in Wood Lake.  But first, here is a list of birds and animals Shareology has seen in Wood Lake:

Deer, muskrats, squirrels, rabbits, garter snakes (yikes!), toads, ducks, geese, egrets, snapping turtles, red wing blackbirds, tadpoles, raccoons and robins!

Here are snaps of spring at Wood Lake:

Dragonfly gate

For more information, check out:  http://www.woodlakenaturecenter.org/

Kay Roseland    @KayLoire

 

 
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