Are you on foursquare or Gowal.la? These applications can be a lot of fun and are a great way to explore the city. Some places even reward loyal customers with specials and discounts when they check in. (Hints for Stephenville: Pizza Hut, Chili’s, and Payless Shoes). I wanted to pass on some tips and ideas for using these sites.
- If you’re wondering about privacy issues, there are a number of options to choose from. You can:
- “Check out” instead of check in. Posting your location as you leave a venue helps with safety and security.
- Every time you check-in it will ask you if you want to Tell your friends or post it to Facebook and Twitter. If you remove all these check marks, your friends will see that you’ve checked-in somewhere but they won’t know where. It will simply state that you are “off the grid.”
- You can also change your privacy settings for a more secure Foursquare experience.
- Give feedback on that location – “had great service” or “wonderful meal.” Comments you share can be beneficial to both friends and the location you visited.
- Take advantage of the special offers available to you.
- There are also numerous apps to add to your Foursquare experience. For example, if you check-in to the same place every day, you might want to try the Check-in Assistant app. It will automatically check you into your favorite place when you’re there.
- Foursquare can be linked to your Twitter and Facebook accounts as well. Whenever you check-in, it will automatically post to Facebook/Twitter letting your friends know where you just checked-in. If you’re a more private individual, you can always change the privacy settings in Foursquare.
If you’d like more information, please check-in to Foursquare. It’s a really interesting tool. And don’t forget to check-in to the Dick Smith Library (now on Foursquare) and let us know what you think.