Four Square is a very popular social media application that people use to indicate where they are, and also win virtual prizes in the process. There’s only one problem with four square, which many people don’t recognize. It tells everyone who’s following you on it, where you are, when you post. The issue with that is if someone decides to rob your house or stalk you or do anything else along those lines it’s very easy to know where you are.
So many social media consultants push tools such as four square without really thinking about the ramifications of using it. It doesn’t matter to me that four square is the hip new social media site to use. I’d rather not provide people a way to find out where I am, unless I’m planning to meet those people already.
Perhaps another way to put this is: “Just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should.” In other words, just because you can post on Four Square where your location is doesn’t mean its a good idea or that you should. No matter what shiny virtual rewards you get, I somehow doubt four square will really do anything if your home gets robbed, or something bad happens to you, because someone decided to use your location against you.
Before getting on any social media site, ask yourself what information you’ll post, and if it that information can be used against you. If it can be used against you, such as posting where you are, it may not be so wise to do so. Just because you can do it, doesn’t mean you should, or that it’s wise to do so. And no matter how popular a social media site is, if it compromises your safety, it’s not worth it.