Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Lessons from Foursquare: You're Checked in Here!

I use a popular social media application called Foursquare. It allows you to "check in" to physical locations. It works with Twitter and Facebook to show your friends where you're at and what businesses you support. I like using it to show support for local businesses and for "checking in" to new areas around the US. People can comment on your check in. You can also earn crazy cool weird nerdy badges.

When you check in to a location, Foursquare lets you Tweet, post a status update or take a picture. After you hit "check in here", your selected statuses update and you are officially "there". Foursquare then reminds you that you're checked in here! 

Checking in on my iPhone yesterday, I realized how much this little reminder could mean. You are here. Not in the past, not in the future...right...here. Be present. Be here. No where else, just here. You're checked in here.

Kitchy and dorky? Yep. Maybe. Still, thank you, Foursquare, for reminding me that I should be checked in here. Wherever and whenever that here is. #socialmediarocks