Brush up on your knowledge of location-based applications including foursquare and Gowalla with Understanding foursquare and Other Geolocation Applications, a one-hour Webcast from WebNewser parent mediabistro.com Thursday at 2 p.m. ET.

The Webcast will cover: the basics of foursquare, Gowalla, and similar apps; what these apps mean for how you present yourself and distribute content online; dos and don’ts of geolocation networking; using check-ins as valuable analytics; and how your company or business can engage users in real-time with simple social-networking techniques.

Instructor Sree Sreenivasan teaches social-media workshops at CNN, WNBC, The Boston Globe, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He is also a judge for the Shorty Awards, and he was named one of AdAge‘s 25 media people to follow on Twitter, and one of 22 professors in the “Top 100 Twitterers in Academia” by OnlineSchools.org.

Sreenivasan will be joined by Shane Snow, who has covered geolocation applications and other new-media technologies for outlets including Wired, Mashable, Gizmodo, and Fast Company. He also designs infographics for companies including Mint.com, MTV, and Gizmodo.

The fee for Understanding Foursquare and Other Geolocation Applications is $30 ($25 for AvantGuild members).