Social Check-In Sites

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Social Check-In Sites

LicentiouslyYours LicentiouslyYours
I'd never heard of sites like
Foursquare
Gowalla
Whrrl
Loopt
My Town
Brightkite

...until I talked to Kal about this particular article from today. I decided to try one out and see what it was about, but I really do feel like I am just making it easier on my stalkers (yes, they are imaginary, but that's no reason to make their job any easier!).

Has anybody else been using these websites? What do you y'all think? Are they just a stalker's paradise or do they have legitimate social value?
07/02/2010
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El-Jaro El-Jaro
I think they could be mostly European sites, but I'm not 100% on that.
07/02/2010
Sammi Sammi
I've heard of foursquare, but not the others.

I think there's probably some legitimate value, but I'm not sure I'd use them
07/02/2010
Annemarie Annemarie
I've heard of most of them (I'm a geek), and use Brightkite on a regular basis.

I find they have amazing value if you have a lot of friends that live/work/romp in the same general area as you. It's supposed to be like... you check in at XYZ restaurant, and your buddy Bob is in the neighborhood, looking for noms. He sees you're at XYZ, and you meet up for a drink!

Otherwise, it's rather useless. As for stalkage, you can choose whether you want to check in at a particular place or not. I don't see the need for any fear, as you can always set your privacy settings to be only to people you friend or approve to see your updates. I don't think you should worry about being stalked, heh.
07/02/2010
LicentiouslyYours LicentiouslyYours
Quote:
Originally posted by Annemarie
I've heard of most of them (I'm a geek), and use Brightkite on a regular basis.

I find they have amazing value if you have a lot of friends that live/work/romp in the same general area as you. It's supposed to be like... you check ...
When I first started using Foursquare, I thought about making it private so that only my "friends" could see the updates, but then I realized, I have no friends.

lol I mean I have no friends who use this particular service. Two people from my Twitter list showed up and I added them, but neither of them live in town so that made the whole "tracking friends" thing a non-issue for me, personally.

I definitely can see how it would be great for someone whose peers are using it as well, but maybe it's gotta catch on the way Twitter did before it becomes truly useful to the average guy.

I will say this..I am trying really hard to become the "mayor" of my local Starbucks because apparently the mayor (guy who checks in most often at that location) gets a discount!
07/02/2010
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