The foursquare Wikipedia page has a lot of information and I was nervous that I would not be able to add something useful. After reading through I noticed that the “Scoring” section was very short. Earning points on foursquare is one of my favorite ways to use the service so I decided it would be helpful to talk about other ways to earn points than was already listed. I was very excited to add information to Wikipedia. I really felt that I was adding to collective intelligencce and I was excited to discover there was something about foursquare I could add that others had not. It seemed so easy, all I had to do was click the edit button and add information. However,after my addition I got this message:
Hello, and welcome to Wikipedia. Everyone is welcome to make constructive contributions to Wikipedia, but at least one of your recent edits, such as the one you made to Foursquare (website), did not appear to be constructive and has been automatically reverted (undone) by an automated computer program called ClueBot NG.”
This made me really sad. I made another edit to the list of Badges and added some active ones that did not appear on the list as well as a source. This one was not removed. At first I thought it was becuase I had added a source but the scoring section did not have a source to begin with.
The first edit that I made was long and drawn out so I decided to try again and make it more concise: I added this:
“Points for checking in with the same friend at multiple locations – BFF bonus.
Also earn points for being the first of your friends to check into a new location.”
This was the same style as the scoring information already presented. This edit survived Wikipedia’s automated computer program editor. So I added new information on how to earn points, addition badges that you can earn, and a source not only with all active badges listed but retired ones as well. I think earning points and badges is really fun. I enjoyed using foursquare and I am glad I was able to share some of my knowledge with others.
So when l left Vegas this morning there were 28 people checked in to the LAS airport so that is a good number. The more l think about it l think one reason there were not more foursquare users in Vegas is because most people in this city are vacationing and if they don’t use foursquare normally they more than likely not going to use it just because they are in Vegas. I like checking in and taking pictures because my boyfriend can get a sense of the fun l am having while l am away. This trip also earned me two new badges. I checked in to severel places on the strip last night and earned the “cruncked” badge. This morning l decided to check in everywhere…the airport, the security check, the tram that brought me to my gates, the specific gate l was flying out of…and l earned the “overshare” badge. I am currently in Tennessee and l checked into this place and got extra points for it being my first check in in the state of TN. I have also earned extra points at all the places l checked into this weekend for being the first od ny friends to check in.
Hello! Just thought l would update you all on some foursquare findings while l celebrate my best friend’s wedding in Las Vegas. I have been checking in all around, and there are not a lot of people who are at the places l check in to. The biggest number l have encountered was 11 people at the Bellagio hotel. I am staying at the Stratosphere and there was only one other person checked in here. I think it would be really interesting to go to NYC and see what the user base is like because l know it is popular in that city. I won’t be able to get there before the end of the semester so that will have to be a fun personal project. I guess lwas just expecting there to be more users in a city like this. I have earned a lot of points for checking in to so many places so l am way ahead of my boyfriend now! Haha! l have also recieved several texts from foursquare friends saying, “Wow, you are in Vegas?” So this foursquare has been a fun way to interact with the city and read others tips. Foursquare forever!
Keep track of all the computerized devices you use in an evening, huh? Well, I just got back from work where I used computers to help customers. A lot of the information I gave them I looked up via the internet. This made my job much easier not having to flip through phone books, etc. I then checked my e-mail on my phone to see if my group memebers from another class had sent out any other e-mails about our upcoming presentation before I left work. I noticed a friend had responded to “Words with Friends” while waiting for my manager to let me out of the building and I played a word back to them. Upon arrival at my home I sent out an e-mail using my laptop and my boyfriend showed me all of the apps he had downloaded on his acer tablet. I then surfed the desktop with my boyfriend looking for plane tickets to Vegas for my best friend’s wedding this weekend. I then realized tomorrow was wednesday and whipped out my HP touchpad to see if I had anything due for my theatre design class. Then I realized that I had a blog post due and so I hopped on my laptop again and here I am writting all about my computerized uses. I really like my touchpad. It makes a great calendar, memo pad, etc. I use my phone to listen to music and check e-mails anywhere and stay connected via facebook and Twitter on the go, as well as let my friends who where I am via foursquare. I like my boyfriend’s desktop for surfing the web becuase he has a big monitor. I liked the full keyboard on my laptop for typing up e-mails and blog posts. My technology is a big part of my everyday life and I use it a lot for many differnt purposes. I think that these computerized technologies make life so much easier and I do not know how I got by without a smart phone in the past.
I actually think that these sites are both very useful and they seem to serve different purposes in my eyes. I would not use one over the other, I think that there are times when I would use Hulu, like if I wanted to watch a full TV show, and times when I would use YouTube like if I want to watch a funny video or listen to a certain song.
Hulu does seem more professional and the videos all look for crisp. I searched for “Glee” (totally a gleek!) and full episodes were available on Hulu and the quality of the video was great. When I searched for “Glee” on YouTube only clips form an episode or videos of Glee songs with lyrics that someone had posted were available. I searched the words “Loser Like Me” which is an original Glee song and the video clip of the performance came up on YouTube right away. When I searched the same phrase on Hulu the video came up but when I clicked on it I was taken to a different site and when I clicked on the video at this new site it said “this content has expired.” So if my goal was to hear a song or watch a music video YouTube would be my first choice. Hulu is awesome for full episodes, though. The YouTube video clip of “Loser Like Me” did have some glitches at certain points and the first few minutes of the full episode that I watched on Hulu was not glitchy at all.
Hulu does seem more professional but there are certain clips and videos that can only be found on YouTube. I think that they are both valuable sites.
So I am super excited to tell you all about my fun foursquare adventure, and I know Annie has some awesome things to say about her social review site experiences! SO SHOW UP TO CLASS! Haha, just kidding I know none of you would duck out early for the holidays.
Anyway, I am still really happy that I was able to do this project. I would not have utilized foursquare the way that I have and I would not have looked at any of the other locative services either. I agree that this is a kind of collective intelligence that Levy was talking about as a service, and all of our projects are as a whole. Since I have heard the practicum presentations I have joined Twitter, an online support group, left secrets at Post Secret, and visited some chat rooms. I hope that I can share the benefits of foursquare with all of you and that some of you will utilize this service or other services like it.
Some questions I have:
Would you feel comfortable leaving tips and pictures for other random users to see?
How do you find out about new places to visit or eat?
What are the biggest benefits you see from using locative services?
As promised, this post with offer some fun facts and insights into the world of foursquare. We will take a break from my exiting encounters and free stuff to learn a little more about this app:
1) Foursquare has over 10 million users! Are you one of them?
2) In April 2010 foursquare and the History Channel teemed up to help users learn historical facts of certain places they checked into. Users could earn a limited edition History Channel badge. I think this is an awesome way for these locative services to inform your reality.
3)You don’t have to have a smartphone to be on foursquare. You can check in various places at https://foursquare.com/mobile/checkin. Just bring your laptop and let your friends know you are pulling an all-nighter at College Library!
4) Foursquare has support for French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Japanese, Indonesian, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Thai.
Fact 5) Foursquare is awesome.
For the record, my boyfriend did finally beat me in check in points. But I caught back up after checking into the academic buildings today. 🙂