Friday, July 30, 2010

Some dos and don'ts on FourSquare from Social Media Marketing Institute

After our recent Foursquare presentation at Social Media Breakfast Madison - things like this catch my eye.

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  • DO be careful who you friend on the network. 

  • DON’T accept every friend request.

  • DO see who else has checked in to the venue you are at.  It’s a great way to meet local people.

  • DON’T auto-feed every check-in to Twitter if you are a power user, you will alienate your network.

  • DO add context! Include a message, especially if your posts feed to Twitter or Facebook.  Share something interesting about the venue or add another message so your followers know why this is important!

  • DON’T violate your customer/clients privacy by checking in when you shouldn’t.

  • DO be cautious of your personal safety.

  • DON’T check in at the same time and place every day if you are concerned about personal safety. Be aware that frequent check ins can indicate a pattern of your physical whereabouts.

  • DO add tips for other users in your network.

  • DON’T check-in if you are supposed to be somewhere else (like at work!)

  • and most importantly…DO use common sense.

Here are my simple do’s and don’t for location based services like Foursquare, Gowalla & YelpRead more at

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