Foursquare, the social media network that allows stalkers to know exactly where you are at all times, has devised a plan to get paid for its service to merchants. The company has announced that it is ready to charge the 500,000 registered business to access the Foursquare services that have been available for free up until now. Some ten million users have “checked in” at over 15 million locations across the globe (including the foolios who check in at their homes).
Users login via smartphones and other internet devices and share their location with followers, thus promoting the coffee shop, sporting goods stores and even doctor’s offices they frequent. Some merchants have begun offering perks for Foursquare users.
While there is likely to be some resistance from some of the businesses who have gotten used to Foursquare’s free services, its pretty unreasonable to expect for a company to provide free advertising for other companies without eventually asking to be compensated.
The forthcoming charges will not affect users who wish to make themselves a target for stranger danger by using Foursquare to announce “Getting my braids did! @Marcy Houses w/ 4 others”. However, we would like for you to stop doing that, lest you get rolled up on by some internet McCreeper.