Can Foursquare Save Lives?

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Today for the second time in less than a week Times Square had to be evacuated due to suspicious activity. Thankfully, this time it was a false alarm and the suspicious container in question was filled with books and a bottle of water. Probably one of the most interesting stories to develop from the false alarm, however, is the fact that the Wall Street Journal reported on the scare using Foursquare.

As The Next Web notes, this has to be “one of the most high-profile uses by a major media publication of a check-in service.” Like its distant cousin Twitter, not only does Foursquare have the potential to be a game changer in how news is reported and to whom, but thanks to its efficiency, it can also save lives. We suggest you use this logic on your friends the next time they’re bugging you about your obsessive check-in habit.