I’ve made my point of view clear in the past on various social networking sites. Â In most cases I’ve ended up eating my words, changing my mind and joining the site I’ve been so out spoken over. Â I hated facebook with a passion – I’ve now had a profile for over a year. I didn’t see the point of Twitter – I had used it solidly for a few months and am grateful to say over 50 accounts are now ‘following’ me.
But foursquare? I really, really can’t see the point.
The aim of the site is to check yourself in to anywhere and everywhere. Â It seems that if you check into somewhere nobody else has, you get points. If you check into somewhere more than anyone else, you get points. Â What do points make; Prizes? Â In the case of foursquare its a badge, a virtual badge, oh and yet another tweet to tell everyone.
That’s my biggest issue with foursquare; the users who decide to auto tweet their location when they ‘check in’. Â My feed has been full of these, and I have had to stop following some otherwise interesting individuals as a result. Â I have no interest that this person is now the “Mayor of The Horse & Groom Public House.”
The site pleaserobme.comÂ highlights one danger of constantly checking yourself into places. Â It tells the public at large one particular place you are not. Â Perhaps even more worryingly,Â prolific check in’ers may be leaving themselvesÂ vulnerableÂ to other dangers; mugging’s, sexual assault etc. It really doesn’t bare thinking about.
I’m fairly sure on thisÂ occasion, I won’t be changing my mind in the coming months and joining this silly network.
Do you have a foursquare profile? Â What have I missed this time? Feel free to comment…