I have mixed feelings about 'discovering' a geocache trackable. In general, I think it is great. But then I see people posting them on social media and that just doesn't seem quite right. I mean, where is the challenge of that? And then I was at an event where they posted the numbers on a huge board for everyone to copy. Or, as the case was for many, to take photos and just go home and log them as a discovery. This really doesn't seem like a 'find' to me.
Then there is PJ, the brains behind A 'lil Hoohaa, a blog that touches many subjects and many dealing with geocaching. Recently I saw this title come thru my email - The Geocaching Social Media Experiment: The Traveling Coin. This got my attention.
Let me share just a tiny bit of the article -
In May, I set out on a social experiment.
For those of you who know about geocaching, you know there are trackables. Trackables can be moved or discovered. Personal geocoins — that is, ones people own and don’t set out to move around — are often discovered at events or some other place.
Discovery is interesting because people often do it to collect the icons that come with many coins. Basically, if you look at somebody’s profile on geocaching.com, you can see how many coins they’ve discovered and/or moved along. You also see, for coins and select trackables, the icons that go with the item.
It’s usually frowned upon to send a coin out in virtual land. I didn’t know what could happen if I did it, but I wondered what would happen if I put a photo of my coin on a social media site. I opened by putting the front of the coin out on Instagram (and having it also publish to Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr), and followed that up by putting the back side of the coin out there. The back is where the tracking number is
There's just a few paragraphs of a pretty neat post. Check out the full story by CLICKING HERE and then let me know what you think. How do you DISCOVER?