Geo Tagging - Not Sure I Get It

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Geo TaggingI have friends all over - and one of the things I'm finding very interesting is how many people ARE Geo-tagging everything... and how many people just AREN'T.

I mean - seriously... have you seen someone in NC posting that they are "checking in" at a listing? Well folks in Colorado are!

One friend recently said, " and have you seen where (so and so) has been lately?  They must be gaining 50 pounds!  I mean it's Biscutville, Bojangles, Krispy Kreme... OMG!"

So is it because it's a GAME, and you get BADGES? Or is there some Social "nod" associated with notifying folks that you frequent the Library, or your office, or Joe's Coffee shop.

I'm just not sure I get it.... I mean I totally get letting people know about "secret places" (Like the Flower Lady who lives in our town, and if you see a little tiny sign with flowers hanging out them she's selling flowers around back for $4 that would cost you $12 at a Florist!)... but is there VALUE in letting people know that you frequent Bisketville and Krispy Kreme??

I understand that there's some monitary inducements for resturants... so like if you're the Mayor of the local pub they might give you a free beer - but I don't think places here have caught on? 

So is it a matter of educating business here to give out discounts??? I'm just not into Social Spamming... Is it really the next Twitter???

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Rainmaker
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Catherine Ulrey
Keller Williams Capital City - Salem, OR
Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist

I haven't caught onto this either, yet.  I just started Facebook a year ago, and blogging a couple of months ago, so maybe I am behind.  Let's see if I catch up.

Jun 20, 2010 11:55 AM #38
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Sharon Lord
Maracay Homes - Peoria, AZ
New Home Advisor

Some people definitely take it too far.  If you find something cool to share, tag it - but I don't need to know EVERYWHERE you went EVERY day!

Jun 20, 2010 11:57 AM #39
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Lola Audu
Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate - Grand Rapids, MI
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For me, it's about being prudent.  I'm not sure it's wise to have everyone and anyone in the world knowing exactly where you are every minute of the day.  Just sayin'...

Jun 20, 2010 12:06 PM #40
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Bernadine Hunter, SFR, ACRE
Keller Williams Greater Columbus Realty - Blacklick, OH
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I do enjoy facebook and I just starting using twitter, but the geo mapping think is just a little too intrusive for me right now. But hey, people put their most intimate and embarassing moments on UTube, so who knows where things are going.

Jun 20, 2010 12:37 PM #41
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Wayne and Lynda Gomillion
Real Living Hagan Realtors | Pinehurst ~ Southern Pines, NC - Pinehurst, NC

Thank you for the thought provoking post....

Jun 20, 2010 01:01 PM #42
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Wayne and Lynda Gomillion
Real Living Hagan Realtors | Pinehurst ~ Southern Pines, NC - Pinehurst, NC

Thank you for the thought provoking post....

Jun 20, 2010 01:01 PM #43
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Rob Lang
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You can get people to do about anything if you just award them points.... 

 

Jun 20, 2010 01:03 PM #44
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Kay Van Kampen
RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX Solutions - Springfield, MO
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I'm just getting into Facebook and Linkedin.  Not ready for this yet.

Jun 20, 2010 01:35 PM #45
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Patricia Aulson
BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOME SERVICES Verani Realty NH Real Estate - Exeter, NH
Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes

AR is my social media experience....Never go into Facebook, think that's for friends, kids, teens....

Patricia/Seacoast NH

Jun 20, 2010 02:14 PM #46
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Ruthmarie Hicks
Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605 - White Plains, NY

Maybe because I'm a single female - but I'm not too thrilled at the idea of everyone knowing my schedule.  It just gives me the creeps.

Jun 20, 2010 04:24 PM #47
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Shanna Hall
Real Estate Solutions - Kirkwood, MO
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Personally, I am not into it...  Essentially poeple are saying "I am not home- come and rob me!" 

Jun 20, 2010 06:59 PM #48
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Christine Donovan
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This is something I don't get either though maybe I'll understand more over time.  I don't necessarily want people to know where I am all the time.

Jun 20, 2010 07:44 PM #49
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Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
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David may have the best answer here. . .is all about being aware of every new thing that comes.  . 

Jun 20, 2010 11:25 PM #50
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David O'Doherty
United Real Estate - Clayton, NC
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I'm not Geo Tagging and I don't plan on it ( you know me I'm barely keeping up with what I've got now)...I will keep an eye on it though.

Jun 21, 2010 12:23 AM #51
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Joe Harvey
Lake Worth Real Estate - Lake Worth, FL

4 square is something that people either love or hate. When people you know constantly update themselves on 4square when on lunch or coffee breaks occur..well those people I stop following. It is a good tool to use if you are in sales and you have meetings all over the city as your manager can follow exactly where you are or your pregnant wife knows how to find you if need be. I think those that use it to let the world knopw they spend more on dinner than you do...well those people have a little "unfollow" button next to their name for that very reason.

Jun 21, 2010 02:04 AM #52
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Mike Yeo
3:16 team REALTY - Frisco, TX

Eleanor - I think everyone said all the points to your post. Since it is social media, people use it without really thinking. Most of us use social media to promote businesses so we are trying to think of value added social media interaction. Others are just.... well socializing on the internet. 

Jun 21, 2010 02:11 AM #53
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Mike Saunders
Lanier Partners - Athens, GA

Eleanor - I haven't started using geo-tagging, like you, and apparantly many here, I am not sure of the benefits. I have heard some recommend 4 Square and I am looking into it.

Jun 21, 2010 03:49 AM #54
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Tammie White
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I don't think it's advantageous for clients to know what I'm doing every minute of every day.

Jun 21, 2010 04:52 AM #55
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Patricia Aulson
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Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes

Interesting post today.

Patricia

Jun 21, 2010 06:45 AM #56
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Peter Di Eduardo
West End Residential - Morristown, NJ

With the advent of newer "smartphones" such as Android and iPhones (I use an HTC Incredible Android device) comes the inclusion of built-in GPS and other "location awareness" technology.  These geo tagging or "chache" applications invite app developers to created applications that didn't exsist before; much like a camera phone or text messaging.  In the nascent stages these features were novel for teenagers and the like but eventually moved into other demographs.  There may be a place for these apps in real estate but will take a more thought as to its usefullness.

Jun 21, 2010 06:54 AM #57
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