Working for a B2B video solutions company, I haven’t found much room for Foursquare in our social marketing efforts. From a business to consumer standpoint, it’s pretty genius. The reward of a free appetizer at Hapa Sushi just for “checking in” with a few friends? Count me in!!
But using Foursquare to offer an online service is a bit more complicated. And honestly, battling our supervising producer for title of “Mayor of VideoBloom” is not an easy task. She’s pretty proud.
There has been a lot of buzz around Foursquare lately, and being a fan of all things online, I decided to take a deeper look into it. My main question surrounding this “social+ mobile+ friend-finder+ popularity-contest service”, aside from my query of why it is not yet using online video, is simply:
Where are the most bizarre places people are checking in using Foursquare?
After extensive research on my part, I have found the following to be the most, well, untypical places that Foursquare is being used.
The only reason to ever let people know that you are at this location is so they don’t end up leaving you behind on accident. If you have time to actually check-in during this moment in your day, I don’t think people will be particularly keen on hearing about it. I’m pretty positive that I’ve never met someone who actually enjoys using this form of restroom, and I don’t think becoming mayor should be dubbed as a “proud moment.”
If you live alone, you clearly have too much time on your hands. If you live with a roommate or significant other, this is just asking for a fight. A little playful competition never hurt anyone, but if anyone in your household is über competitive, I wouldn’t add this to your list of nightly activities.
This one kind-of blows my mind. While attending a funeral service, I find it rude to have your cell phone on you, period. This is a place to pay your respects to the departed, and a time to give your condolences to others for their loss. But to check-in in hopes of becoming mayor of the local headstones? I’m just confused.
I doubt anyone actually checking-in here are the inmates themselves. I’m sure they are the friends and family members sitting in the waiting room. But I’m still confused what benefits come from checking in at jail. I did read one Foursquare review from the Denver County Jail informing me that the food is bad. FYI people!
What do you find to be the most bizarre places to check-in on Foursquare? Leave your comments below or find us at www.twitter.com/VideoBloom
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