There’s an awful lot of excitement about Foursquare, a mobile social media service that lets you share and broadcast your location. Based on your activity, you badges and can become the mayor of a particular location (e.g. Starbucks) by visiting it more often than other Foursquare users.
After being scolded by Robert Scoble recently for not getting Foursquare, I decided to try it out. Although my test was fairly brief, it didn’t take long to realize Foursquare isn’t my cup of tea. While I can certainly see the appeal for some people, the idea of broadcasting my location doesn’t feel right. In fact, it makes me think of George Orwell’s “1984″ as opposed to feeling that I’m on the cutting edge of social media activity.
Hey, we’re living in a world where we’re increasingly sharing more of what we do, think, see and eat but where does it end? For me, Twitter and my blogs are the tools to share things. At the same time, I like the idea of other people not exactly knowing where I’m located and what I’m doing.
Sure, you have to submit your location to Foursquare so it’s not like your mobile device is broadcast beacon. And I get that some (many?) people may like the idea of being able to tell friends where they are and what they’re doing so they can easily connect but there are other ways to do it – Twitter and Facebook.
My lack of interest in Foursquare may be off-base, and I may be overly concerned about my privacy or the amount of information that really needs to be shared with other people, but my spider-sense tingles when it comes to the service.
Is it just me or does Foursquare not resonate with other people? Am I missing something?
Unlike Mark, I am perfectly happy to share my geoloco publicly: hell, I am Mr Publicy.
But I don’t like Foursquare’s game aspect: becoming the mayor of a diner or bar doesn’t move me much.
I was once in a geoloco deathmatch with Joi Ito in the dim dark days of Plazes, when we were tagging wifi spots. Maybe that’s what burned me out to the game side of geoloco.
And I similarly don’t click with Gowalla.
I use BrightKite fitfully, but it’s too heavyweight, with yet another social network, blogging platform, photos, etc.
What I would really like to see is something tightly reliant on my Twitter network, that would let me simply post my geolocation and people could find out where I was by looking at a map page. I may hack something kludgey, like a short URL to a google maps page. Since I have the sto.ly domain sort of working through bit.ly, that should be easy enough.