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Location based social network Foursquare counted their 40 millionth checkin according to a tweet from one of their developers.
Foursquare”s growth rate is also accelerating. According to Pete Cashmore over at Mashable:
The number shows that Foursquare’s growth rate is accelerating: Five weeks ago, the company announced that the total number of checkins had reached 22 million. In short: Foursquare appears to have doubled its checkin rate in just over a month. -Mashable
The internets rumor mill is also a buzz about Facebook”s potential foray into the location based market with their own product. Nobody knows for certain if they will develop their own location check-in product or integrate with Foursqare and Gowalla.
What”s clear is that location based services will be a large part of the social media landscape in the coming months, but how can nonprofits begin to use geotagging to benefit our community? Is this something we should even be spending resources in?
Some of the things we need to think about is the reason why people use and enjoy geotagging. It sounds simple, but behind many of these features is viagra india the basic necessity of people cheap viagra overnight needing interactions. Interactions become more involved and meaningful the closer the other person is part of your network. One of the ways that this happens is proximity. Knowing where your network is at any time can be a powerful tool in increasing your perceived connectivity to your network.
But how can we use this psychology to increase the nonprofit community? We need to use geotagging for more than making a Flickr maps of where people are uploading pictures. I would love to hear your ideas but here are some initial thoughts:
What are some of your geotagging ideas?