One of the hot, new social media applications for smartphones is called Foursquare. If you are tech-savvy, you already know about the app and its’ uses.
However, if you are not familiar, Foursquare is a mobile networking application for your phone that allows you to share where you are in Denton or anywhere around the country by “checking-in” wherever you stop and share that information with your friends.
Does Foursquare relate to Fatherhood? You bet! Read below to find out.
Foursquare allows you to “check-in” with your friends, to share where you’ve been throughout the day.
How often do you check-in with your family? If your answer is, “not often”, then why not? Your wife or children would love to have you call to say hello or to offer to pick things up for them. Checking-in is an expression of love to your family, and they will return it when you check-in at home.
*Checking-in too often becomes spam on the internet, so don’t spam your family either.
Foursquare tracks your “favorite” and “nearby” places to ease the check-in process. In addition, you can search for places or add them if they aren’t in the system.
What are your real-life “favorite” places? What are your family’s? Your favorites could be routine, like work, Target, or El Guapo’s. Maybe they are more family-oriented, like the Denton North Branch Library, the supper table, or the floor in a pile of Legos. Your favorite places can tell you much about your relationship with your family.
*The application works using GPS, so just like your family, you actually have to be present for it to count.
With each check-in, Foursquare records statistics related how often you frequent a place. When you reach a certain level, you can earn designations, called “badges”, such as Mayor or Local. These mean that you visit a place multiple times per week or are the most frequent visitor.
If your family awarded badges, would you be the Mayor of your home or at least a Local? If the answer is yes, your family will reward you with something much greater than an electronic badge. If you can’t be at home very often, but are sincerely attempting to spend time with them, your family will recognize your attempt (even if Foursquare doesn’t!).
*Just like your family will reward you for checking-in often, some places around DFW have started rewarding people for checking-in often on Foursquare.
Both Foursquare and your family ask a simple request of you as part of the relationship: make us a part of your routine and a part of your life. Even if you choose not to check-in on Foursquare, check-in with your family and make them a part of your life.
*For more information on Foursquare and related technology, check-in with the Social Media Examiner and the iPhone Examiner.
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