I've been fashionably late to adopting most of the social media outlets. I was roped into Twitter. I reluctantly returned to Facebook.
But there's no chance in hell you'll ever see me on foursquare, a site that uses GPS and your smart phone to allow you to share your location, find your friends, and earn points and deals, in case you were wondering.
I imagine it was created for young hipster city dwelling types with lots of friends who might stumble into their favorite corner coffee shop in their holey, unlaced Chuck Taylors and fingerless gloves, order their chai latte, and then have a moment or 12 to check in to see if any of their other young hipster city dwelling types were near by so they could meet up and drink their chai lattes together.
And then because they go to that same corner coffee shop every day, they rack up points, and become "The Mayor," which affords them a complimentary almond biscotti with their next purchase.
But Joe Schmoe in East Bumblefuck USA telling people he's checked in at Jimmy Bob's BBQ Shack?
Or a suburban mom who goes to the same five boring places?
But that doesn't stop people like Joe S. or burby mom from using it. And even better, those people start checking in everywhere, with notifications sent directly to Twitter and Facebook telling me that they've just checked in at Target.
"You are the mayor of the Shell Station on 5th and Grant!"
I can barely get all my kids out of the car and safely into the store, let alone whip out my phone and check in to let everyone know this. And considering I have very few friends, chances are if they were at the store, I'd run into them.
But beyond annoying, I really wonder if it's safe. Do people really need to know where you are at all times? Is it smart to check into places where your kids are - like their school?
I'm just not sure it's worth the points, and badges, and fake government titles.
Besides, the only thing I'd be mayor of is my bathroom. And that just doesn't have a very nice ring to it.