Technology A-Z
The Internet
Tech Hardware
Tech Software
Video Games
Protecting Your Children
Getting Help
The Online Mom Network

Learn about The Online Mom Network
Join The Online Mom Network
How Do I Become An Online Mom?

The Online Mom provides internet technology advice and information to help parents protect their kids, encourage responsible behavior and safely harness the power of technology in the new digital world. Social networking, photo sharing, video games, IM & texting, internet security, cyberbullying, educational resources, the latest on tech hardware, gadgets and software for kids 3-8, tweens and teens, and more.

Location-based networking starts to pay off

Wednesday’s announcement by Facebook that they were adding a discount or special offer feature to Places, their location sharing tool, makes perfect sense and is the next logical step in location-based networking.

Introduced in August, Places allows Facebook members to share their current location with friends by using a Check In button on the Facebook application for the iPhone. By checking in, members and their current location will show up in their friends’ News Feeds, allowing others to join them or comment on places nearby.

Now when members check in, their local map will feature yellow icons, indicating all the nearby places that are offering discounts or special deals. When you touch an icon, you can view the deal and check in to claim it. After that, you just show your phone to the cashier to secure your bargain.

Wednesday’s announcement indicates that numerous great deals are on their way, including 20% off at American Eagle Outfitters, 2 for 1 entrees at Chipotle, room upgrades at The Palms, and free Gap jeans for the first 10,000 people to claim them!

The new feature, appropriately called “Deals”, borrows heavily from Groupon and other online programs, which pinpoint deals that are available in a user’s home market. But Deals takes it to the next level, not just presenting home area deals, but instead constantly making deals available wherever the user goes.

There are numerous privacy concerns that surround location-based apps, and a recent study from the Pew Research Center indicates that location-based networking has been slow to catch on. But that won’t discourage Facebook and other web developers from pushing ahead. They know that a great bargain will trump privacy almost every single time!

Have you used location-based services yet? Would some of the special deals on offer encourage you to participate? Share your thoughts with The Online Mom!     

Comment by The Editor, posted 11/17/2010, 4:42 PM:

Thanks for your comment. I wasn't offering advice so much as an observation that more people are likely to sign on for location-based apps if they lead to bargains and cost savings. I agree that there are privacy issues with LB networking and parents need to be particularly vigilant in how their children handle such apps.
Comment by liz perle, posted 11/15/2010, 8:24 AM:

LBS check ins provide personal information that advertisers use to track and monitor what your kids buy and do. This kind of third party scraping of personal information is an enormous violation of privacy. It's one thing if it's a good deal on jeans. But frankly, it's also going to involve sugar drinks, alcohol and other inappropriate promotional come-ons. Not only that but when kids used LBS they reveal their location --not just to friends. Please rethink your advice.
Thank you for submitting your comment. Your comment will appear on the site after it has been reviewed by site moderators!
Post a Comment:
Comments (max 500 characters):

Permalink | Print | Email

Share this article!
Partner with Online Mom Media
Online Mom Media specializes in building powerful communities of influencers! [read on]
Special Twitter Event
Join @theonlinemom this Thursday at 9pm ET as we introduce Thrively, a fun and interactive family web site! #Thrively
[read on]
Join the BUZZ!
Join @theonlinemom and friends this Friday at 12 noon PT as we look at Simplifying Mobile Tech. Great prizes! #VZWBuzz [read on]
The Online Mom Blog
Connecting Your Mobile Lifestyle
[read on]
Cómo encontrar en línea las mejores ofertas
Visite La Online Mom en Español! [read on]
Stacey Ross on The Online Mom
Catch up on the digital lifestyle with Stacey Ross!
[read on]
PlayStation 4 vs. Xbox One: Parental Controls
Which of the new gaming consoles offers better parental supervision? [read on]
How To Make the Most of Those Daily Deals
Take a closer look at those daily deals to make sure you're getting a bargain!
[read on]
Watch Out! Your Wristband Is Tracking You…
New ways to monitor two of the most important elements that factor into our overall health: exercise and sleep [read on]
How To Beat Spam with Disposable E-Mail Addresses
There's an alternative to giving out your online information (or turning into a digital recluse): the disposable e-mail!
[read on]
Managing Your Online Reputation
There are some simple steps we can take to safeguard our online reputations [read on]
7 Apps for Finding Stuff Online
Loking to buy and sell online? Your smartphone can help!
[read on]
How to Manage Your Cell Phone Bill
Don't be overwhelmed by that cell phone bill. We offer 7 tips that can help [read on]
7 Social Networking Tips for Graduates
About to graduate? It's time to clean up those social networking accounts!
[read on]
The Best Apps for Staying in Shape
10 great apps for turning your smartphone or tablet into your workout buddy! [read on]
7 Steps to Smartphone Safety
Buying that first smartphone for your child? Make safety a top priority!
[read on]
10 Essential Apps for the Busy Mom
Turn your smartphone into your very own personal assistant! [read on]
Tweens and Facebook:
Do you think children under the age of 13 should be allowed on Facebook?

Not Sure

© 2011 the online mom, all rights reserved | site map ABOUT     MEET THE TEAM     CONTACT US     ADVERTISE     PRESS     PRIVACY     LEGAL
As you may have guessed, it is made of titanium and some stainless steel¡ªthe case is titanium and the rolex replica sale is stainless steel. The dial is brown, the watch hands are silver-toned, and there is a date window at the four o¡¯clock position. The sapphire case protects the breitling replica sale from water damage up to 30 meters. Synergy means cooperative action. This replica watches uk combines the best of the old and the new to deliver something uniquely modern. All of the classic elements are there. It has the sleek and stylish dial of the replica watches uk, the concave dot at the 12 o¡¯clock hour, and the Swiss quartz movement. But the Sapphire Synergy has something few breitling replica sale offer, a rubber wristband. Why rubber? Well, it¡¯s not a sport rolex replica sale, so using it outdoors is out of the question. But the informal band gives it a more casual look and feel, which can be quite appealing to the modern male.