What is Foursquare?

Mike is a 17-year-old from Chicago, IL. He enjoys eccentric individuals, playing with computers and hopes to one day dominate the radio airwaves.

According to the company:

“Foursquare is a location-based mobile platform that makes cities easier to use and more interesting to explore.  By “checking in” via a smartphone app or SMS, users share their location with friends while collecting points and virtual badges.”

Basically what this means is that anybody with a cell phone can update their internet profiles on their exact whereabouts at any time.  There really is no single use for Foursquare; it can be used to update your Facebook friends when you just arrived at the mall, or you can allow your parents to have access to your account so they can know when you’ve safely arrived somewhere.  For whatever reason the free service is used for, it has many uses that haven’t quite seemed to capture the teenage market yet.

Personally, I’ve been using Foursquare since May, and I was instantly hooked.  I can’t quite explain it, but I derive some sort of satisfaction from “Checking In” to places that I visit.  It allows me to update both Facebook and Twitter, telling all my friends and followers where I am.  While the service is widely used for both discovering new things, as well as in business settings, I just like to have fun with it.

Even though I greatly enjoy Checking In to places and updating Facebook with my location, I have a grand total of 0 friends that also use the service.  Despite the OCD updating of Facebook and Twitter that my friends seem to have developed, they all strangely agree that Foursquare is “creepy.”  Keep in mind now, Foursquare has multiple levels of privacy controls, and it isn’t at all different than Facebook’s “Places” feature that allows for the same updating of one’s location.

Overall, Foursquare has the benefits of updating friends and family on your whereabouts, it allows for making new friends and being updated on new and hip places in your town or city, and it has the satisfaction of being on the edge of today’s technology.  Even though I don’t think the service has yet to capture the teenage audience, I think that it’s something that will slowly catch on with the younger generation, such as how teens eventually took to using Twitter more frequently, but only after it had been launched for a few years.

Feel free to add me as a friend on Foursquare: http://foursquare.com/godfathr871

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