You can see the syndrome spread via location-based social networking platforms such as Foursquare, Gowalla, Yelp and soon a host of others large and small. Basically, these sites let you update your status by “checking in” somewhere. You can then find others who are nearby and ultimately add to a growing pile of location-based data. Some of the services like Foursquare provide a gaming element and you can earn points and become the “Mayor” of a certain place.
I’m probably missing something and I’ve talked to plenty of folks who use and love these location-based realtime sharing services (Foursquare just passed a million check-ins a week), but I’m still checking out of this activity until someone convinces me that I need to know that you’re picking up a box of Ho Hos at 7-Eleven.
Maybe, like many of these things, it’s a matter of knowing when to share. Here’s list of six location-based “check ins” that might be worth posting.
- I Checked in to Beyonce
- Just checked in to a lawless region of Pakistan: guy next to me is about 6’4 and seems to be rolling around a dialysis machine.
- Checked in to the afterlife: gift bag includes an iPhone that uses Verizon.
- I just checked in to check-in rehab.
- Just checked in to a sealed box: found Schrödinger’s cat smoking a Lucky Strike and watching Jersey Shore.
- I just became Mayor of your wife.