The dos and don’ts of using FourSquare

If you’re reading this, the likelihood is you’ll have heard of Foursquare. The location-based social network is being touted as the Twitter of 2010. Companies are now using it to promote their business and offer customers promotions and discounts.

But it’s not a simple process of ‘checking-in’ everywhere you go. Like all social networks, it requires an understanding of the basics to get the most out of the service.

Here, for your reference, are five rules to stick by for Foursquare:

Do add your own notes when you check in. Useful tips will go down well with other visitors, whether it’s recommending a particular dish at a restaurant or warning them to avoid the bathroom facilities!

Don’t check in everywhere. No one needs to know if you’ve just been to KFC or the doctors. Use it to highlight the most interesting, important activities.

Do link it up to your Twitter and Facebook. Your followers may be interested in the latest restaurant you’ve visited or conference you’ve attended. Just make sure you follow the point above and avoid spamming your accounts.

Do grow the community by adding new places. Fellow users will appreciate it and you’re more likely to reach the Mayor status.

Don’t forget others can use this information to their own advantage. Checking in and out of your own home could endanger your own safety, and also leave you open to crimes like burglary.

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