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Things that make you go hmm

Does anyone else find the concept of foursquare a little creepy? Hey kids, look! It's another way for us to track your every movement!

Edited to note that the irony of posting from my phone, using an app that notifies everyone that I have done so, is not lost on me...

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regann
Mar. 3rd, 2010 03:09 pm (UTC)
yeah, I find alot of those location apps kinda scary.
madlori
Mar. 3rd, 2010 03:12 pm (UTC)
FourSquare isn't a Facebook app. I'm kind of enjoying playing it, actually. And it's making me want to go to the gym more to get more check-ins.
owlmoose
Mar. 3rd, 2010 03:19 pm (UTC)
I must admit that I also though it was a Facebook app at first, since that's where I've been seeing all the updates from people.

I can see fun of it, too: the competition to become Mayor, getting treats from places you frequent anyway. But I still find the idea of a game that tracks my movements, however voluntarily, a little unnerving. Especially when you hook it in with a Facebook app, which potentially gives it access to lots of personal information.
regann
Mar. 3rd, 2010 03:24 pm (UTC)
My friend is very into it and tried to tempt me into it when I got my Android phone, but I said no thanks for the reasons you list above. The luddite in me is very wary of being tracked any more than I already am!
madlori
Mar. 3rd, 2010 03:28 pm (UTC)
The Facebook connection is optional; I'm still debating whether to keep it. And you can check in somewhere off the grid so your location isn't visible.

I don't know if I'll keep doing it but so far it's kinda nifty.
regann
Mar. 3rd, 2010 03:22 pm (UTC)
FourSquare isn't a Facebook app.

Yes, I realize that.
taricalmcacil
Mar. 3rd, 2010 04:33 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I try to avoid those types of apps. Mind you, they don't have that one for Windows Mobile, so it's not a problem for me. I don't even have the Facebook app installed actually. I doesn't work well anyway, so If I really want to check my feed, I use opera.
owlmoose
Mar. 3rd, 2010 11:21 pm (UTC)
I do like the Facebook app for iPhone. I barely used FB before I got my phone; now I check in pretty regularly, although I still don't post there much. I much prefer LJ-style online interaction.
taricalmcacil
Mar. 3rd, 2010 11:23 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I pretty much reserve FB for my real life friends, since most of them don't know I write fanfic or have no interest in reading it. But I love the people I meet here, I'm closer to some of my LJ friends than I am to my RL friends.
owlmoose
Mar. 3rd, 2010 11:28 pm (UTC)
That's pretty much my divide too: FB is RL friends and acquaintances, LJ is fandom and a selection of closer RL friends. It's funny; in a way, even though FB is how I present myself to the people who "know" me, I feel much more like "myself" on LJ.
taricalmcacil
Mar. 3rd, 2010 11:32 pm (UTC)
Ditto. I'm not sure why, maybe it's because were all here for (roughly) the same reason. It makes it easier to talk to people.
anonamys
Mar. 3rd, 2010 10:03 pm (UTC)
Well, the original concept (when it started out as Dodgeball), was not about tracking your every movement, it was "Hey, I'm at Joe's bar - come join me!" It was a way for friends to get together. People didn't really post their location unless it was especially cool (like another city or something) or others were invited. (Obviously, there were exceptions.) I actually find people's use of Foursquare for posting every time they are at a gas station, grocery store, the dentist, etc to be highly annoying.

Admittedly, I have considered joining, just to see if I can earn the Gym Rat badge. :)
owlmoose
Mar. 3rd, 2010 11:25 pm (UTC)
It was a way for friends to get together. People didn't really post their location unless it was especially cool (like another city or something) or others were invited.

Interesting. It sounds like it's evolved the same way that Twitter has evolved for some people: into microblogging to the point of annoyance. Not that everyone uses Twitter that way -- the people I follow certainly don't -- and probably not everyone uses Foursquare that way either. But the potential is certainly there.

I think it just comes back to my annoyance with Facebook and apps like it: the growing assumption that everyone wants to live their life in public at all times.
vieralynn
Mar. 4th, 2010 11:38 pm (UTC)
You've seen http://pleaserobme.com/, yes?
owlmoose
Mar. 5th, 2010 02:59 am (UTC)
No, but that's really clever.
vieralynn
Mar. 5th, 2010 03:15 am (UTC)
Regular public broadcasting of one's location just seems really problematic. If the goal is to meet up with friends or even friends of friends, there are so many other ways to easily do so without making world wide announcements.
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