What is Location-Based Social Networking?
Location-based social networks are social networks that users to broadcast their current location. Programs include Facebook Places, Foursquare and Gowalla. Rather than simply recording your messages, these new networks record your physical location. Essentially anyone using the service can find anyone who uses the network by following their ‘check-ins’.
A check-in happens when you send a message to the social network, therefore also sharing the location you’re in at the moment. Location based networks are primarily made for mobile internet users who want to reveal their location as they move around. As they do that, social networks also provide information about their location.
While these programs may have positive aspects like, finding recommendations or information about landmarks, restaurants, schools and more, the use of these applications poses risks to the user. NetSmartz411 encourages anyone using these programs to utilize privacy controls to ensure only people you know in real life see your check-ins.
What are the dangers of Location Based Social Networking?