Checking in

I just recently created an account on Foursquare. How recently? Just this past weekend!

My lack of presence on Foursquare is largely due to the fact that when it launched way back in 2009, my home city of Perth was not available as a location. As a result I didn’t bother with it, and then continued to not bother.

I’m only checking it out now for the 23 Mobile Things. (What does this say about social media adoption? If you try and it doesn’t work at the time, for whatever reason, you’re unlikely to try again, unless you can be persuaded to?)

I can see that like any social media service, Foursquare has two major possibilities:

  1. you get completely sucked in to the thrill of checking in and earning badges and what not; or
  2. you struggle to integrate it into your routine and find it hard to develop the habit of checking in (this is especially true if you already use other soc med; it can be hard to add yet another thing to the day)

The benefits of getting into it so late? Many of my friends are already there, so actually establishing a network there is relatively simple. The hype has died down. The etiquette around using the service is clear and easy to learn. (I don’t think I will post my locations to Twitter.)

Disadvantages? The hype has died down. Don’t underestimate the enjoyment of learning about a new tool with many others. When you join something late, the early adopters may have forgotten any difficulties they experienced when they first joined.

Not sure how I’ll go with Foursquare but it should be interesting, nonetheless.

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5 Responses to Checking in

  1. Matthias says:

    I’ve actually done the complete opposite. After being a fervent user of Foursquare for many years, I’ve deleted my account. Even though I dutifully checked in everywhere I went, earning a great many mayorships, I suddenly asked myself “What’s the point?”

  2. Catherine Hocking (@c_hocking) says:

    I’m yet to try Foursquare, but I’m sure I will be creating an account this week too for ANZ 23 Mobile Things. Have to say I’m a bit sceptical – Foursquare would probably be my number one reason for unfollowing someone on Twitter, it gets to the stage where you really don’t care where someone is at all hour of the day!
    Having said that, I’m sure when used in moderation it will have it’s uses.

  3. jaded says:

    I closed my account earlier this year (or was it late last year?) – I can’t remember… for the same reason as Matthias. Don’t miss it. Be interesting to see what you think of it.

  4. Alethea says:

    Can’t really see the point of things like FourSquare. Or the use of Twitter as a ‘log of my day’ process. I will be interested to see what you make of it …

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