Happy Sunday, good people of the blogosphere! I'm playing a bit of catchup for the blog challenge today so you're gonna get two posts from me. The first is about FourSquare. An app I've never used but I've been poking around in for the last few minutes. First, here's the prompt for this post:
What are your thoughts about FourSquare? For those unaware, FourSquare is a location tracking platform. Its users “check in” at various locations with a mobile device and are able to find out (track?) where their friends are. Location is based on GPS hardware in the mobile device or a network location provided by the app itself. Many members use foursquare and its competitors for the discounts. Or perhaps you want people to know which bookstore you’re in for your signing or event. Are you using FourSquare? Is there a way to use it to encourage better attendance at your signings and events? What are the pluses and drawbacks? Be sure to give us the link to your profile!
I find FourSquare to look a lot like my Google maps app. While I can see the usefulness of it if appearing in public, I'm a bit of a private person. I'm not really keen on everyone being able to find me anywhere I'm hanging out. Same reason I use a pen name. Not awesome to have folks you don't know loitering on your lawn or sending you angry letters because you had the audacity to write something they didn't agree with.
Now, if I wanted to know where to find something and didn't have a different maps app on my device, I'd consider using FourSquare for that function. But to have a whole plethora of people knowing where I am at any given moment of the day? No, thank you. I'll pass.
If you're a big-time author and are making an appearance or love to have fans all over you all the time, I say, go for it! If you're a small name author who's trying to make a name for yourself and want fans all over you all the time, I'd say keep writing great books with zero controversial content, become a big name author, and then go for it! Ha!
I know this post was short, but que sera sera.
Well, that's all for today, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!