Gordon Swaby

Common Sense Foursquare Tips

And all the other Location based apps…I apologize for the title in advance, because if it was common sense i really wouldn’t need to be writing this post now would i?  Many Jamaicans seem to be catching on to foursquare, but many do not realize how unsafe it can be. Here’s a few tips that I’m sure will be beneficial to and your friends:

Don’t Check-in at Home: Never check-in at home.  That’s just silly. Scenario: You check in at home; a few hours later you check in at another location. You live alone; you don’t think thieves and robbers use the internet? Sure, your home address can be found if people really need to find it, but do you really want to make it that easy and  plant the seed of misdeed ? If you really need to check-in at home do it privately.

Don’t Check-in to a whole Parish: Ok, this one is funny. Why would you check into a whole Parish? I’m surprised someone hasn’t checked into Jamaica yet…

Don’t Check-in to your friend’s house: This is also a big no no.  You don’t want your home address out there just the same with your friend’s address. If you want to seek their permission. Checking in “Off the grid” works here too.

Common sense tips aside, if you’re going to use foursquare make it funny for everybody and leave tips at locations you visit. Happy Foursquaring!

Check out Foursuare’s “Privacy 101” here

I was going to wait a few more days to post this, but i felt the need to put this out there now.  David Mullings wrote an excellent post about Foursquare mayship and privacy on foursqaure in general.  Check it out

Final note: I’ll update this post as soon as i can think of other tips.

Written by Gordon Swaby

Gordon Swaby

Founder and CEO of social learning service EduFocal.com. I’m passionate about technology, the internet and the use of technology in education. I am a recipient of Governor General’s Youth Award, the PSOJ’s 50 Under 50 Award, The commonwealth Youth Award and many others.


Lovingly made on Monday, August 30th, 2010 at 7:25 pm. Filed under Interesting, Jamaica/Politics, Tech, Uncategorized, Webology.

  • http://taylor2nd.animesynergy.com taylor2nd

    duuuuuude THAT PERSON ANNOYS ME SO MUCH.. @ BLAH BLAH BLAH’S APARTMENT WTF!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.experienceaurie.com Aurie

    using common sense with these location based application only makes sense. people lose their minds on the internet and tend to get bolder than they would be in person.

    Maybe i’ll check into Jamaica to be that fool. LOL!! j/k

  • http://www.claja.com Donald

    Was about to add my home to foursquare places,, then I noticed someone else was the mayor, someone other than my wife… the war hasn’t ended as yet.



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