Remember last year when Foursquare split its app in two, and got rid of all the fun features that actually made people want to use Foursquare? Well, people like me didn't like it! Now Foursquare is backing down, at least a little bit. You can now be the mayor of your favourite coffee shop again!
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The Foursquare weening process has been a slow one. First, Swarm appeared. A few months later, it took our check-ins. And now that the original, watermelon-adorned app overhaul is finally here, it's a bit of a letdown.
We all see the occasional check-in on our social networks of choice, but Foursquare took a whole year of them and crammed them into one glorious minute of glowing information. The whole mess of data is condensed down into a colour-coded 24-hour span so you can see how people — Foursquarers at least — dart around almost ceaselessly, only stopping to rest in the most wee hours of the morning.
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Woz forwarded this great picture from his friend Ron Schnell over the weekend: a parking slot permanently reserved for a restaurant's FourSquare mayor!
For me, signing up for any new social network goes something like this: Hear about it and ignore it. Hear about it again and then make fun of it. Hear about it again and wonder if I should sign up. Sign up. Do nothing until I hear about it again and remember I have an account and then, finally, start using it.
Do you really want all your Twitter followers to know that you're currently at Dollar Rent-a-Car? I mean, if you do, that's fine. But at the least, they probably don't care and at the most they're embarrassed for you. We've established that you shouldn't arbitrarily push all your tweets to Facebook, and a similar maxim should apply to Twitter and your Foursquare Checkins.