• Practical Uses for Location-Based Services

    Posted October 18, 2010 - 11:37 am

    The novelty of checking in and winning prizes has worn off. Location-aware services must evolve to offer truly useful and valuable services to users, and they will--or they'll perish. Still, even as they exist today, location-aware apps can be used in practical ways to help you communicate better, make better choices, save money, and improve productivity. Here are some examples.
  • Facebook and Foursqure withdrawal: "Checking in" takes back its original meaning

    Posted August 27, 2010 - 4:43 pm

    Getting back to nature gives one hyper-connected IT staffer twitchy thumbs.
  • Location-Based Services: 5 Myths Debunked

    Posted August 25, 2010 - 9:07 am

    With location-based services such as Facebook's Places come many misconceptions about risks. Here's a look at what's true and false regarding location-based technology.
  • Foursquare Privacy Basics: 5 Tips to 'Secure' Your Check-Ins

    Posted August 24, 2010 - 3:45 pm

    It's hardly practical to believe there are "right" and "wrong" ways to employ social networking services like Twitter or Facebook. However, there are "smart" and/or "safe" methods of use, especially for location-based services (LBS) that identify your whereabouts at a given time, like popular social network/LBS Foursquare.
  • Foursquare Makes it Harder to Unlock Badges

    Posted July 29, 2010 - 1:23 pm

    Foursquare, the popular location-based social networking service where users "check-in" to earn points, unlock badges and become "Mayors" of their most frequented establishments has undergone some significant changes in recent days.
  • Elgan: Why you'll use Foursquare

    Posted June 22, 2010 - 10:50 am

    Suddenly, there are two kinds of people. The first kind loves location-based social networking services like Foursquare. They speak in an alien language about "Mayors" and "Badges" and broadcast their locations to the world.
  • Foursquare: Unlock 'Secret' Badges and Reduce Privacy Risks

    Posted May 12, 2010 - 2:17 pm

    You've probably heard of social-networking service Foursquare. If you haven't already jumped in headfirst yourself, you may be aware that Foursquare's a location-based social network that lets users "check-in" via mobile device at restaurants, bars, shopping malls, wherever, to obtain points and rewards in the form of "Mayorships" and "badges." And many are calling it "the next Twitter."
  • Google vs. Foursquare: Geolocation Battle Heats Up

    Posted May 10, 2010 - 11:31 am

    Apparently informing your friends that you're eating a turkey sandwich at the deli down the street is the most "interesting" fad of the moment, and Google wants the biggest slice of cake. At the Web 2.0 Expo, Google indicated it would be enhancing its Latitude service to give other location-based time-wasters -- like the achingly obnoxious Foursquare -- a run for their money. And now that Facebook has teamed up with McDonald's to launch a similar
  • The dangers of Foursquare

    Posted February 26, 2010 - 2:28 pm

    Sometimes you don't want to be the mayor.
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