Foursquare: Innovative Tool for Journalists


In concerns to social media, simply knowing what a person is doing is not enough; now, followers must also know where a person is located.

Geo Social networking has introduced a new standard for the minimum amount of information posted.

Applications such as Foursquare, Gowalla, and Loopt allow for people to show others their location, interact with others nearby, and become more in touch with their surroundings.

Shane Snow, a writer and founder of the online printing sites and, recommended in his article that these new applications can also be used as a multi-purposeful aid for journalists.

He said, 

Tech-savvy journalists usually go where the crowds are, and were quick to jump on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. As Foursquare climbs toward critical mass, with over one million users, 40 million checkins, and counting, it’s also becoming a hot new tool for the digital journalist.  

Here is a video interview from with the co-founder of Foursquare, Dennis Crowley, explaining the application.  

With Geo Social networking sites on the rise, do you think the incorporation of tools such as Foursquare will be embraced by the journalism community? If so, will it be met with the same skepticism that was originally found with social networking sites such as Twitter?

Do you think by going through a secondary source, such as Foursquare, to gain knowledge on a demographic or person, will as reliable as traditional methods that go to the primary source and interview? 

Are there any other ways that you can envision Geo Networking being applied to journalism other than the seven shown in Shane Snow’s article? -Megan Chilman

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One Response to Foursquare: Innovative Tool for Journalists

  1. laurielboettcher says:

    As an avid social media user, I still struggle with FourSquare and Gowalla. I see the benefit for businesses in targeting people who visit their establishments, however, it exposes us greatly. This responsibility needs to land on the shoulders of the people who use it and how much they are willing to share.

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