My year in social media

2011 was a year of hits and misses, in terms of my personal use of social media. I stuck with platforms I love – Twitter and WordPress. I committed to new loves – Instagram and Miso. I maintained platforms I couldn’t do away with – Facebook and LinkedIn. I continued to use Foursquare, despite some ups…

The great and the scary things about Foursquare

Foursquare’s a funny thing. It’s one of those social media tools that polarises people.  It’s also one that Joe Public still hasn’t heard of. But if you’re  social media fan, it’s likely you’ve used this location-based app to share where you are, leave tips, read recommendations and meet up with friends. Almost two years after…

A rockstar Foursquare deal

Finding a car park outside a popular shopping centre is a trying task. It’s dull, frustrating, wastes time and sometimes even leads to car accidents. What wouldn’t you give for your own dedicated rockstar car park, right outside the shopping centre’s entrance? Well, the management at Westfield West Lakes is now using Foursquare to help…

Fore.cast : more than another stalking machine

Yesterday I downloaded Forecast and it may be too early to blog about it – but I will anyway. Forecast is a location-based social media app that describes itself as “a fun and simple way for friends to share where they’re going”. Which of course is tricky if you don’t know where you’re going. That…

Why I’m quitting Foursquare

Once upon a time, a long time ago (January 2010 to be precise), there were two little Adelaide Foursquare users. Their names were Michelle Prak and Tom Williamson. These Adelaide dwellers joined Foursquare so early there wasn’t even an ‘Adelaide’ listed on the site. (So Michelle pretended to be a Melbourne dweller). There were no…

How to Be The Mayor

I get asked a lot of questions about Foursquare – in particular about Mayorships. Many people are frustrated that they’ve been loyal users of both Foursquare and real-world establishments, yet haven’t been able to achieve a Mayorship at their favourite venues. In some cases, they’re the only people checking into the venues, so it’s difficult…

We Came, We Swarmed, We Almost Conquered …

Adelaide had its first Foursquare Swarm recently. Friday 27 August, to be exact. What’s a swarm? you ask. What’s Foursquare, you ask? [read my blog from a long time ago ..] When 50 people check into the same Foursquare location within an hour of each other, it’s designated a ‘swarm’ and you’re awarded a swarm…

Foursquare: a new game

I’m getting a kick out of using Foursquare, a social network newly available in Adelaide. Foursquare has been another phenomenon in the US, but only recently added Adelaide to its list of cities (read Foursquare Goes Global). Foursquare is so new, when you Google it, the first page of search results contain references to the…