Category Archives: sexual assault

Foursquare moves on from the checkin

Death to the Check-in (one can hope)

I was reading Christina Warren’s article on Foursquare’s transition from stalking tool…I mean check-in app…to Yelp clone and couldn’t help but hope that this is the end of the check-in.  I realize they moved this to their new app Swarm and that Facebook still enables this sort of feature but enough is enough.

I believe we all need to assume a certain level of personal responsibility but technology companies also have a responsibility to develop products that, I don’t know, don’t put us in eminent danger.  Foursquare and their check-in nonsense was about as great a risk to personal safety as one can imagine.  Encouraging people to share with the world and every knucklehead in it exactly where you are grabbing a coffee early in the morning or drink late at night is insanity.  And let’s not forget how haphazardly they treated this data by allowing open access to their API and the birth of the Girls Around Me app.  Only after significant outcry did they button up the API.

I don’t know whether their version of Yelp will be a success but feel, as Christina points out, they’re a bit late to the game and Yelp is so synonomous that they have an awful lot of catching up to do.  I’m just happy to see them moving away from the check-in centric model and hope this is the end of a ridiculous and dangerous trend.

Stop checking in, good people.  If not for me, then for the children.

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#VoicesHavePower Verizon Helps Dating and Domestic Violence Prevention

Verizon Wireless has launched a HopeLine program called Voices Have Power through which they will donate $3 for every message of hope to help support dating and domestic violence awareness initiatives.  They have created a social hashtag of #VoicesHavePower to help raise awareness to the campaign and provide additional support.

From the website:

“Through Voices Have Power, every one of us can share our unique voice and take part in the national effort to put an end to this issue. For every message of hope submitted by someone such as yourself, we will donate $3 toward supporting proven and innovative dating and domestic violence prevention programs produced by our national and local campaign partners. Here are the ways a message of hope can be shared:

1. On your favorite social, share a message of hope on your favorite social network with the hashtag #VoicesHavePower

2. On your phone, text a message of hope to #94079

3. On voiceshavepower.com, write or select a previously generated message of hope”

Verizon has been a longtime supporter of sexual assault and domestic violence awareness, support and education initiatives, including a current partner in this program, Break the Cycle.

This is an excellent campaign and well worth the time it will take you to text a quick message of support and share with those you know.

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