Social media adds values to our lives in many ways - with some of them seemingly more dumb than others to some people. For me, it's fun. It adds a little color here and there to my day. I get this stupid grin on my face and sometimes I may even add a silly squeal to that when I get a badge from one of my check-ins. It's not real - no where near real, but who cares? It's fun for me (and a zillion others). Why you ask? How is this fun?
As fun and harmless as this may all seem, there are a few rules to follow to safeguard your safety:
Rule #1: Cleanse your contact list every so often - especially from the social media tools that have that "check-in" functionality. I do this with my Yelp, FourSquare, Facebook, LinkedIn, ... By the way, did you know that your contacts on FourSquare can call or send you texts, in addition to commenting on your latest check-in? Be careful who you allow to call you "friend" - and if you add them, understand how much information you are releasing to them. It's more than you realize.
Rule #2: Check-in when you are leaving a place. This is the general rule of thumb. If you are trying to have people come find you, check in at the beginning. Don't be consistent about this either... which leads to...
Rule #3: Be completely inconsistent. Do not check into every single place you go to, don't show off your regular patterns and habits, ... Take some breathers here and there and detox from Social media. When it comes to your safety - be consistent about being inconsistent. :)
Are there any other tips or thoughts you'd like to share that I've missed? Send them my way!