Social Media Warning!

Technology // February 22, 2010

I ran across this over the weekend and it got me thinking. Thought I should share it with you…

There is a website called Please Rob Me that tracks posts from users of Foursquare. Foursquare users post where they are so others who are nearby can get together if they choose. It’s kind of a game too. Businesses use it to reward frequent customers. I don’t use Foursquare, but I believe that is a rough description of the site. Innocent enough.

Please Rob Me takes those posts from Foursquare and puts them on their website – alerting anyone who uses Please Rob Me that your home may be empty – hence the website name. They also have a link on their site to filter a twitter search.

While Please Rob Me does not track and post users of Twitter (yet), the same philosophy would work and for all we know, another site may be in place that does that very thing. I have always wondered why someone, especially a man, would want to post that he is in a different city for a 3-day job, visit, conference, etc. That is like putting a sign in the yard that says I’m not home, but my wife and daughter are, and they’re alone. Unfortunately, I’ve been guilty of doing it.

I will stop posting on Twitter anything that says I am currently out of town. Perhaps a tweet after the fact, but not one that says I am out of town, or about to be…

About Rusty Lewis

As a church leader, there’s nothing more frustrating than not having the funding to do what God’s calling you to do. But when you think about trying to address that problem, you feel overwhelmed, you dread the potential pushback from your congregation, and you’re not sure where to turn for help. Over the last 18 years, I’ve helped more than 120 churches close the gap between their current financial reality and what they need to move forward in ministry.

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