Waking up early to shop the day after thanksgiving is not a new concept, but the use of social media sites to manage and make the most of your shopping day are. From receiving email after email from retailers to shopping mobile phone applications, Black Friday is evolving with the times.
FourSquare is an application that allows you to check-in from your phone to places that you visit and receive points from those places. You can leave tips for other FourSquare users that visit the places you’ve been. Foursqare’s blog published a Black Friday Survival Guide to help you organize your shopping day while saving money or donating to charity.
ShopKick offers you rewards by using its app while you shop. Receive special discounts from participating stores and “kicks” for just walking into stores. Redeem your kicks for rewards. ShopKick’s recent email has promised that “This will be your best Black Friday ever!” by using their app.
So what’s better, the old fashioned Black Friday with newspaper ads, or the Black Friday of 2011 with the mobile apps?