Foursquare is a new location based social network that allows friends to “check-in” and view the location of friends on their network. The new Foursquare social network is awesome, but follow these tips to not be a “square” when you check-in on Foursquare.
Don’t check-in at mundane locations
The current state of social networks is getting a bit dull and people are running out of interesting things to say. Twitter and Facebook “heads” make mundane posts like “I’m hungry, sleepy, awake, etc” and this trend is also affecting Foursquare and can make you a Foursquare square. On Foursquare the mundane occurs when users check-in at dull locations like their homes, work, bathroom, bed, etc. Foursquare is a social network that’s supposed to encourage people to get out and visit new locations, not a place for a Foursquare square to check-in at boring locations like the kitchen and bathroom sink.
Don’t be a repeat check-in square
If you’re planning a get together with friends in your Foursquare network, it’s important to keep them as up-to-date as possible and you might be forced to check-in over and over again at the same location, but if this isn’t the case; you’re more than likely being a repeat check-in square. Nothing will annoy your network of Foursquare friends more than your repeat check-in logs and square-like behavior. When you check-in at a location using Foursquare, you’re only doing it to benefit your network of friends unless you’re Jason Bourne and being a repeat check-in square will only make you look unoriginal and dull.
Don’t be a Foursquare copycat (stalker)
The Foursquare social network is very similar to your real network of friends and there will always be those friends that copy whatever you do or try to “one-up” you every chance they get. On the Foursquare social network, this square visits locations that you’ve already been just to check-in at more locations than you or not have you visiting locations they’ve never been. It’s totally acceptable for friends to join each other at locations using Foursquare, but checking-in after a friend just to one-up them is the true sign of the Foursquare square.
Don’t be a check-in poser
On the Foursquare social network you have to “keep it real” if you don’t want to be considered a Foursquare square. With the pressure of knowing that your network of friends can see every location you check-in at, some can’t resist the temptation to mislead their friends. The Foursquare poser is a square that visits locations they’d never visit or have no interest in, just to appear cool on the Foursquare social network. Foursquare’s social network encourages discovering new locations, but the square isn’t driven to discover new locations; they are driven by social pressure. If you enjoy checking-in at not-so-popular locations like the library, chess club, or opera, there’s nothing square about that at all; but checking-in at locations you dislike just to look cool to your Foursquare friends makes you a true square on Foursquare.
For more read Foursquare is the Social Network for Active People, 5 Most Pointless Locations to Check-In on Foursquare, and 5 Manliest Foursquare Locations to Be Crowned Mayor.
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