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!
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. 🙂
I am at Buffalo Wild Wings (l know, always blogging on the go at restauraunts) and l wanted to share my fun interaction l just had with my waiter. My boyfriend Eli and l were checking in and Eli was like “Sweet the mayor is here!” And the waiter responded that it was the bartender. He told us he was all checked in and showed us on his phone his picture. My boyfriend and l totally added him as a foursquare friend. He told us the most points he ever got in one day was over 300 because he went to Washington D.C. and got a ton of points for all the museums he checked into. I thought it was cool to meet a fellow foursquare fanatic! And 300 points in one day totally seems like a record. Well, time to enjoy some wings. I hope you all have a good weekend, the next post will be about fun foursquare facts…so stay tuned!
I am currently blogging from mu table at Chili’s enjoying free stuff 🙂 At Chili’s you get free chips and salsa just for checking in and if you check in with 3 or more fr
iends you get a free appetizer…which my friends and l all totally did! Yum! I was talking to some foursquare users yesterday and they said they love getting free stuff just for checking in. Now l understand what they mean!! It’s awesome!! Hope you are all having a god weekend…just wanted to blog about my excitement as l wait for my food. Oh, and l have claimed the mayorship of
Dimiteries gyros!! Dennys may be gone for now…but atleast l am the mayor of something 🙂
So a lot has happened in the world since my last blog post– Kim Kardashian is getting divorced, Captain America came out on DVD, Uncharted 3 was released for the PS3, there is a “Siri”-like app for android available now called Iris (Siri spelled backwards–which is awesome by the way. Iris and I have become good friends) and a new episode of Glee airs tonght!! Oh, and I have been working on my project. I start singing “Check into class…..ch-ch-ch-check into class!” everytime I check into Grainger or Vilas or Humanities. It’s a catchy tune. I also decided to take a look at other locative services such as SCVNGR and Gowalla, and Yelp. I am still focusing mainly on foursquare but I wanted to see what these services had to offer.
I am in love with SCVNGR in that I have gained free wings from Buffalo Wild Wings (my favorite wing place!) just by completing fun challenges. This virtual space does effect my reality because I interact with people around me through the application. You can do a “social check-in” where you bump phones with friends who have the app and you earn points. There are also challenges you complete like taking a picture of a certain item or answering a question. Then you use your points to get a free coke, free wings, $5 off your bill, etc! I think it is awesome that just interacting with a place through an app can help save you money. It is also fun and passes the time while you wait for your food.
Gowalla is pretty cool in that it tells shows a google map of where each place is incase you are just looking for a cool new spot. Sometimes is also has an interesting little blurp about the place. I haven’t really used it that much. I did say “I’m here” which is what you do on Gowalla rather than checking in at a few places but there aren’t really reviews or ways to warn points.
Yelp is pretty fun. I didn’t realize there were so many good check-in deals. At Barriques Market you can get 50% off a coffee for checking in. I have just started using this app but I might use it for for all the sweet offers it has. It is also pretty useful for the reviews it has. If you are looking for a restaurant close to you it will pull them up and you can find out if they do take-out, reservations, if it is good for kids, etc. You can also become “The Duke” for checking into places.
As far as foursquare goes, I like the competitivness of it and how intense some people get in their mayorships. I am no longer the mayor of Denny’s and I was really mad when I found out. Especially since I begged my boyfriend to go to Denny’s last night but he wanted to go to Perkin’s instead. I lied to my aunt and said somebody stole her mayorship of the Dutch Mills Sports club when she was out of the state and she was so upset. I think it is funny how seriously some people take their mayorships. My aunt always brags about all the places she is mayor of. My boyfriend has also decided that foursquare is a competition between us and he tries to check-in everywhere to beat me in points. I forgot to check-in to Perkin’s last night and he didn’t remind me because he is trying to beat me.
I have also enjoyed sharing tips with other users and I created a few places that didn’t exist in the foursquare world. I added the church my friend just got married in so I would check in in her wedding day. I left a tip about a really friendly bar tender at Dutch Mills Sports club every wednesday night and also about the great service I recieved at Jiffy Lube. I think that applications like these make reality more fun and it makes us feel more connected to the virtual world as well as the real world.
As I continue to utalize the foursquare app on my phone I have come accross some interesting information. Here is the back story (and some proof that I have gotten slightly addicted to foursquare)
I was at Denny’s on the east side with some friends and, being the Mayor, of course I wanted to check in to continue my awesome mayorship. I dug through my purse only to realize I had left my phone at home. I was super upset that I couldn’t check in (I almost wanted to go get it quick and come back just so I could check in). My boyfriend gave me his phone and we tried to figure out a way to log into my foursquare so I could check in but we had no luck. That’s when the friend sitting across from me told me about pleaserobme.com. This website talks about the dangers of over-sharing. It states that by checking in you are making it easier for the robbers to steal from you because they know you are not home. You can check it out here: http://pleaserobme.com/
In the article we all read by Alice Marwick, she discusses a “techopanic” as having these charactoristics: focusing on new media forms, pathologizing young people’s use of media, and an overall manifest of anxiety that leads to an attempt to regulate or modify young people’s behavior. I think that pleaserobme.com does show that foursquare can be considered a technopanic. Locative services are a newer thing and this website talks about how people that check in to various locations are inviting break-ins into their homes. I also think that this website is attempting to regulate behavior by talking about the dangers of over-sharing.
Personally, I do not really think that foursquare, saying where you are on Twitter, or other locative services poses a threat to anyone. I did some playing around and typed in random names of people on foursquare and it would not tell me where anyone them were at that exact moment or even when they had checked in last. In fact, I discovered that a lot of people had not checked in anywhere in the last 7 days. I have many friends who check in litterally everywhere they go, but I think this app may be dying off much like myspace as a social networking site.
Well, that was a little bit about my foursquare adventures. Time to do some grocery shopping, so I will be checking into HyVee (try not to rob me while I am gone). Search for my name if anyone wants to be my foursquare friend 🙂