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Adam Rosenberg stated, “If you are a social media enthusiast, then by now you already know that if 2009 was the year of the “tweet,” then 2010 is almost certainly the year of the “check-in.” Geolocation apps such as Foursquare, have caused many to wonder if they really want people to know where they are, aside from just what they are doing.

During our first Business of Social Media class, there were many topics discussed, one of them being “privacy.” When speaking of social media, specifically geolocation — privacy tends to be an issue where some people are careful about which side of the line they stand on. Although I am a “social media geek” and use many of the platforms available, when it comes to geolocation, I am a bit conservative. I am weary when it comes to people knowing where I am because of the usual concerns of stalkers and theft. If you think I am being a tad over-concerned, then you may not have heard about, which revealed the location of empty homes via the use of Foursquare and Twitter. Disturbing? I thought so!

However, as a marketer, I do see the benefits of geolocation apps for brands. Starbucks, and other companies have used geolocation apps to gain further brand loyalty by their consumers who compete to become “mayor” of a specific Starbucks location, and can then receive cool discounts and/or free items. Great marketing strategy, indeed!

In addition, privacy on apps like Foursquare are up to the user, not the app. The Foursquare user decides whether they want just their friends on Foursquare to know their location, or whether they would like to push it out to Twitter and Facebook as well. Therefore, it is not the use of the geolocation app that is breaching privacy of location. You, the user, are deciding who knows about your location when you push your location to a larger pool of people on Twitter and Facebook.

In the end, I think the idea of geolocation is pretty cool, and I would like to invest some time into playing around with it some more. However, being an “Apple geek” as well, I am going to wait until I get an iPhone (I have a blackberry) to delve into the perks and coupons and freebies associated with “checking in” and being a “mayor.”

Until then, I’m checking out…


Were you a part of this year’s breast cancer awareness viral phenomenon on Facebook? Last year it was what color bra you were wearing, this year it was where do you put your purse when you come home. A little bit of scandal with a bit of fun and lots of awareness for a great cause. How can you not partake?

“I like it on the dining room table”….what about you?

Ever fear you are posting “too much” on Facebook or Twitter? Ever wonder why some people post every minute of their lives, rather than just living those moments? I admit, I spend a lot of time on my computer, but one comes to question, when is it just TMI?

I recently read an article from the Boston Globe (yes, online) regarding a couple’s relationship and how it was affected by Facebook. The female spent most of her time at home while her husband worked. She posted everything about her day and her relationship, including his efforts on purchasing gifts for Christmas. As the article stated, some people have a “water cooler” for their break to chat with coworkers and friends, while some people have facebook as their “water cooler.” It may not be an issue for the female because she does not mind her life exposed to the public, but her husband is quiet and reserved. He would not expect his friends and coworkers to know about his travels, his child having a toothache, or the Bic pen he gave his wife, before he even walks into the office.

So when is TMI an issue? I guess it’s for each individual to decide. Is Facebook an outlet for you? If so, maybe keep it for you, rather than both you and your significant other.

To each their own, and their own TMI.