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.