Some dos and don’ts on FourSquare from Social Media Marketing Institute


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  • DO be careful who you friend on the network.
  • DON’T accept every friend request.
  • DO see who else has checked in to the venue you are at. It’s a great way to meet local people.
  • DON’T auto-feed every check-in to Twitter if you are a power user, you will alienate your network.
  • DO add context! Include a message, especially if your posts feed to Twitter or Facebook. Share something interesting about the venue or add another message so your followers know why this is important!
  • DON’T violate your customer/clients privacy by checking in when you shouldn’t.
  • DO be cautious of your personal safety.
  • DON’T check in at the same time and place every day if you are concerned about personal safety. Be aware that frequent check ins can indicate a pattern of your physical whereabouts.
  • DO add tips for other users in your network.
  • DON’T check-in if you are supposed to be somewhere else (like at work!)
  • and most importantly…DO use common sense.
  • Republished with author's permission from original post.

    Wendy Soucie
    Wendy Soucie provides clients a unique perspective on social business strategy across an organization. Wendy applies and follows specific social media strategy and methodologies for assessments, network growth, contribution, participation and execution. She is a certified social media strategist, Social Media Academy (Palo Alto, CA). She is an accomplished trainer and keynote personality speaker.


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