On the map

This week’s ANZ23mthings was #thing4 – maps and checking in. I signed up to FourSquare last year but barely use it. Why not? Because living in a rural area and not travelling a lot, there aren’t any places for me to check in to. 

I manage 3 facilities; two libraries and a museum – both are listed. I considered claiming them so I could do more but it means agreeing to their ‘venue and platform terms of use’. Okay, might be possible. Until I got to this:

4. Payments

Certain features of the Platform and/or certain services and products made available to you through the Platform may be subject to payments now or in the future (“Paid Services”). Foursquare uses a third-party payment processor (the “Payment Processor”) to bill you through a payment account linked to your account on the Platform (your “Billing Account”) for use of the Paid Services. The processing of payments will be subject to the terms, conditions and privacy policies of the Payment Processor in addition to this Agreement. We are not responsible for error by the Payment Processor. By choosing to use Paid Services, you agree to pay Foursquare, through the Payment Processor, all charges at the prices then in effect for any use of such Paid Services in accordance with the applicable payment terms and you authorize Foursquare, through the Payment Processor, to charge your chosen payment provider (your “Payment Method”). You agree to make payment using that selected Payment Method. Foursquare reserves the right to correct any errors or mistakes that it makes even if it has already requested or received payment.

There is no way I could agree to that without it going to our legal department, and the CEO, and I doubt either would be thrilled to sign up. Which leaves me stuck. I can see that if we did more all the tourists passing through who do FourSquare would love to sign in, and it could be a good marketing tool. But I can’t just sign up and cross my fingers…

Have you struck this problem, and what did you do about it? Any advice appreciated.

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