Which ‘geosocial’ site do college students prefer?

Students used Facebook Places most often at sporting events.

Social media “check-in” services that let students tell their online friends where they are haven’t yet taken hold among most college decision makers, but a West Virginia University (WVU) report shows where that school’s “geosocial” loyalties lie.

The website foursquare was used almost twice as often as Facebook Places, the geosocial program launched last year by the social media giant, according to research released by David Olsen, a WVU programmer who details the school’s education-technology initiatives on a blog called Mobile In Higher Ed.

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Online students connect off line with ‘geosocial’ networking

Double Dutch could be on more campuses later this year.

Because an online college student might want to meet a classmate the old-fashioned way – face to face – Arizona State University (ASU) has a social networking platform that helps students spot each other on their laptops and smart phones.

More than 600 ASU Online students are connected to spark, a “geosocial” site that allows students to check in when they enter a library, coffee shop, or anywhere else in their community. The hope is that other ASU web-based students will see a virtual classmate in a nearby coffee shop and stop by to say hello.

The spark site, powered by San Francisco-based Double Dutch, is similar to other geosocial or geo-tagging services like Foursquare, Yelp, Gowalla, and Facebook Places.…Read More