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Obama on Foursquare? This can't possibly be good
Here's the gist, as presented on Mashable:
“The White House is now on Foursquare, a location-based social networking website, which is the latest way for you to engage with the administration,” The White House said on its blog. “There are over 10 million people already ‘checking in’ around the world, and now you’ll be able to discover ‘tips’ from the White House featuring the places President Obama has visited, what he did there, plus historical information and more.”
The White House says that it will be posting tips about the president’s visits around the country as he embarks on an economic bus tour across the Midwest. The White House will also be creating checkin locations for different presidential events. The White House posted its first tip on its page on Monday, revealing that the president delivered a speech in Cannon Falls, Minnesota, where he discussed ways to grow and strengthen the economy.
I'll admit straightaway that I am not a fan of Foursquare. I just don't see what's smart about telling the world about your every move.
I suppose if you want to be mugged or picked off, or have your house robbed, Foursquare is brilliant.
I'm sure I'm oversimplifying. But I can't help but see unacceptable risk in any program that shares your geological location. I have the same criticism of the geographical tracking feature in Twitter.
Now President Obama is using it as part of his bus tour. I can see the logic: The White House can show everyone where the President is along the tour route and share the stuff he's talking to people about.
It's a very "man of the people" thing to do. But from a security standpoint, it's not very smart.
I would love to hear what the Secret Service thinks about it. I suspect they're twitching, too.
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