Yelp & Foursquare: I Really Don't Care To Know Where You're At ALL the Time!

6.04.2011




First off let me say that I think social apps are pretty awesome if used in the correct manor, the whole connection thing is great. Otherwise it can be just plain annoying!

I first heard about Foursquare about 6 months ago. I started seeing, so and so checked in at such and such, a place popping up on my time line on Twitter and Facebook.

Now, it's turned into the following:




So now if I follow you or friend you I know where you bank, where you worship, when you're home, when you're at the movies and that you're at the gas station getting gas at 9 something in the morning! TMI! Give me a break! I know it sounds a bit stalker-ish, but I don't really know you like that and because you use this app now know probably know more about you than someone you're really close to!


According to Foursquare.com this is what it is and what it's for:

What is foursquare?
"Foursquare is a location-based mobile platform that makes cities easier to use and more interesting to explore. By “checking in” via a smartphone app or SMS, users share their location with friends while collecting points and virtual badges. Foursquare guides real-world experiences by allowing users to bookmark information about venues that they want to visit and surfacing relevant suggestions about nearby venues. Merchants and brands leverage the foursquare platform by utilizing a wide set of tools to obtain, engage, and retain customers and audiences."

Also the site Yelp has the same feature.
All I'm saying is that I'm sure that the people of foursquare are thrilled that you're using their app, but I'm not sure they wanted it to turn into a status update about insignificant places you go to around town.

So I'd like to pose the question again, "Why is letting folk know where you're at all the time important?" Someone pleassseee tell me!

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