Late 2009, I was taking a class called “Business of Media,” taught by Professor Aaron Cohen, and it was the first time I heard about Foursquare . Aaron invited Dennis Crowley, one of the founders of Foursqaure, as a guest speaker for a lecture.  At that time, I did not really pay attention on this application, and I guess

it was because I did not have a smart phone or I was too much focusing on other popular SNS like Twitter or Facebook.

Recently, I read some interesting articles about Foursquare that it has grown more than 3400% in last year.

Later on, I searched for other articles related to Foursquare, and I found Foursquare created to allow users to let others know that they were watching Super bowl, and there were more than 200,000 check-ins on “Super bowl Sunday” venue.  Foursquare is a location-based social network application that incorporates gaming elements, and it’s now worth more than 250 Million USD as it has grown.

Honestly, I am not a big pan of this application, but I am very interested in this fast growth and popularity of Foursquare, and I would like to explore the reason for the facts. I talked about this topic with Professor Marco, and I think I will use Foursquare as an example of “over-sharing” trend nowadays. There has been “privacy issue” on the Internet for a long period, but some popular social network websites show that sharing our personal information, such as pictures, status, and daily life is trend now. Personal information certainly let people know each other’s interests, identity and character, but it became over-sharing as we now allow people to know where we are. I am going to interview several users of Foursquare to ask reason why they are using it, what they think about their privacy issue by using this app.

3 Responses to “Foursquare and privacy issue”

  1. peternenov says:

    I think it would be interesting to see whether users check in primarily for social reasons or because of the incentives offered. A lot of restaurants offer deals when users check in and that may be a prime motivator for individuals to use Foursquare. Another interesting point to check out would be to see the people that users are friends with. While foursquare might fit into the realm of over sharing if you broadcast your position to 100+ individuals, maybe the friend relationships on foursquare are much more tightly knit. For example, if mainly your best friends and family compose your network, then that information is put to a much more private use. Definitely an interesting topic!

  2. wasante says:

    I think I heard about this thing last semester too. It evidentially uses an achievement system like most consoles do as well. My only issue is that the site’s purpose seems like nothing more than a glorified way to inform creepy exes how to find you. The gaming aesthetic of trophies wasn’t even utilized until the 360 started using trophies. In any case, there seems to be a deeper depth to this phenomenon, I hope that you are capable of discerning its true nature.

  3. Matt Gorman says:

    I know that when I first heard of Foursquare, I thought it was just a creepy thing and was all about people with a big sense of self-importance wanting to share with the world where they are. A few months ago, however, one of my roommates and I decided to get Foursquare and have sorts of competitions as to who can get the most badges or go to the most places. Aside from the (jokingly) competitive aspect, I still use Foursquare because there is some weird sense of fun that comes from looking at how many places I’ve been and what kind of things I’ve done over some period of time. As far as issues of privacy in the sense of safety, Foursquare makes the site feel very secure in that you have complete control over who sees what about where you are.

    I think all of those reasons are things to look into with other users, so I figured I would just leave you some thoughts on this comment. If you’re interested, though, I definitely wouldn’t mind being interviewed about Foursquare or other location-based services (like Google Latitude, which I actually wanted to write my travelogue about originally).

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