Why all the fuss about Foursquare?

Recently I’ve hopped on the Foursquare bandwagon (add me!). When I get the opportunity I check-in to wherever it is I am (except home – who needs to know that?), I get points, unlock badges and even recommend places like restaurants if I want. It seems as though a few people are all up in arms about people pushing Foursquare updates to Twitter and Facebook. Why? I’m not sure. The only issue I can see is people not commenting on what they’re doing at “X” location. As with anything, you should add value by even posting a small comment.

Before Foursquare even came on the scene, people were tweeting about where they were at for a long time. All that’s added this time really is the link to their location which I’ve seen with the Myloc.me tagging locations for a lot longer. Foursquare has some great marketing potential as well, and it’s already catching on, so it’ll probably be here a while which means people should get used to it.

What are your thoughts on Foursquare, and do you think it’s here to stay?

About Sean Bailey
Social media marketer who also happens to be a tech geek that's addicted to reading, movies, music, sports and coffee. Anything said on this blog is my opinion (obviously).

2 Responses to Why all the fuss about Foursquare?

  1. Kelly Rusk says:

    I’ve been using Foursquare since it first came out in Ottawa and I love it. However as it grows I’m finding myself losing interest more and more. Nowadays I’m often forgetting to check in, and not really getting upset about it anymore, but it does have it’s moments so I’ll continue to use it.

    As for pushing Twitter updates via Foursquare, I do have issue with that. The biggest being that Foursquare allows you to add your Twitter friends automatically, therefore anyone who’s interested in your Foursquare checkins will see them on Foursquare. It gets annoying when you’re seeing double updates across networks on a regular basis.

    I don’t mind people tweeting their whereabouts if they’re adding a comment or making it interested… but when I follow so many people I get sick of “I’m at the grocery store”, I’m at the gas station, “I’m at Starbucks”

    (which sadly a lot of people do post)

    • Sean Bailey says:

      Thanks for the comment Kelly,

      I don’t check-in everywhere either. It’s more of a fun experiment right now for me. I could be taking advantage of the options that let me review a restaurant, a sale at a store, or any number of businesses. I may do so in the future and I see that’s where the site is headed, but right now it’s not a big deal to me.

      If enough people are using it, at events/clubs it’ll be cool to see who’s checked-in and you can meet up with them. I’m sure something like Third Tuesday or Podcamp will see a lot of Foursquare attention.


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