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Why Foursquare is Lame

I was recently reading an article on Twitter and Foursquare, and let me just tell you that the recent foursquare pollution on twitter is getting on my last nerve. The article I was reading was called:

Where You Are and Why It Matters: Twitter and Local Trending
from http://thenextweb.com/ by Kristin Marshall

For those of you that don’t already know,  here are the definition of each.

Twitter is without a doubt the best way to share and discover what is happening right now.

Foursquare on your phone gives you & your friends new ways of exploring your city. Earn points & unlock badges for discovering new things.

Now here are MY definition of each.

Twitter = Very cool way to tell all that follow you what your are doing without wasting time on the phone with hellos and whats ups. You simply want to tell them all at once WHAT YOU ARE DOING. I mean really that’s what everyone always asks right? What are you doing?

Foursquare = Lame.

When I first started with Twitter, I loved the fact that it was so simple. It was just your friends, what they were doing, pics, and links to pictures or websites they were reading. That’s it.

In this article Kristin Marshall tries to explain what the “big picture” is by writing:
“Where we are, our location, plays a key role in determining what we’re doing and why we’re doing it. “

I call bullsnap on this one. I don’t need to know the location of the Circle K that this tweet is referring too “@snoballz is making a beer run to the Circle K http://4sq.com/7l4RDM

She goes on to write ” Twitter has given us another way to turn down the noise, and really get to the nitty gritty of what matters to us”
Oh Really? How is that so? Are you referring to the new twitter lists? I cant filter out the friends that I want to follow that are lame enough to use foursquare and tweet every single location…. that defeats the purpose.

“Twitter’s geolocation feature has not seen a great deal of uptake with only 0.23% of tweets with geolocation enabled”
If foursquare and its geolocations is already polluting my twitter streams at 0.23% I fear what will happen if others jump on the band wagon of this horsespit and make the jump to 5%.

This is what happens when Twitter releases their API to other lame applications. You get stream pollution!

There is always a silver lining in almost any situation if you look deep enough, and I may have found it. Imagine where someone might hand off a phone to someone and have that person tweet from Steak and Shake when they are out committing some heinous crime.

Could that be the future of the Perfect alibi???





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One Response to “Why Foursquare is Lame”

  1. Kristin Marshall Says:

    Great post except…

    You didn’t actually read mine it seems.

    It’s not about Foursquare, I mentioned it once as an example. The subject of my post is about the new Twitter LOCALTrending feature they’re releasing. It’s in the titlle.

    Our location is a determinant of what we are doing and why. It’s simply fact. I didn’t say it had to be shouted to the world, but was instead talking about our tech that does it more discreetly.

    And my next quote? Yep. About the LOCAL TRENDS. And you can follow/block From the stream whomever you like. That’s what’s great about Twitter.

    The geolocation I referred to in my last quote… Or geotagging, is NOT Foursquare. It’s a little checkbox under settings, in every account, that allows tracking where you tweeted from. It doesn’t announce anything, it’s simply in the hidden metadata of your tweet.

    I personally have a lot of issues with Foursquare too, it can be a flawed game (although my stream doesn’t get so polluted). It was simply an example of an LBS, not nearly the topic of the post, but I’m happy to see other people getting passionate about things.

    Have a great weekend! 🙂