It’s day 9 of the Author Blog Challenge. Today’s prompt is:
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 use FourSquare occasionally. Mostly I forget to check in to places when I’m out and about! You can find my profile here.
One of the drawbacks is remembering to check in, also, I don’t want everyone to know where I am when I’m out with my kids. Also, when I’m on my mobile, I’m conscious of not going over my data limit. It’s different when I’m somewhere I can connect with WiFi. I’ve also only just started adding friends to my list. I haven’t used discounts or special offers yet, mostly because the places I’ve been visiting haven’t had offers listed.
Most recently I’ve been playing with it for work. My work profile is here. As we’re not a shop or restaurant, we don’t get many check ins, but it is a good way to learn how to use it as a business.
I hadn’t thought about it for book signings or other events – then again, I haven’t had a book signing yet. I wonder if this is the sort of thing that book shops & venues can do to promote events at their location… I wonder how authors can use this to get it all set up.