After reading Safko’s The Social Media Bible for this class, I was inspired to (finally) create a Foursquare account.
Right now, I’m still quite the novice with this platform. I do like the notifications it sends when I enter restaurants and shops alerting me of special bonuses for Foursquare users. However, I’ve found the platform to be a bit confusing and the customization options a little overwhelming.
Also, after visiting a location, it asks several questions for review purposes. I am happy to submit reviews, but I literally was given the option to answer 20 questions about a bagel place. I really think that’s just too much to ask for an app that should be quick and easy.
Another problem I have with the application is that if I want to check in, I have to download an entirely new app. That doesn’t make any sense to me. I don’t have to log into my Facebook to check in on Instagram or Twitter, why can’t Foursquare be the same way?
My last comment on Foursquare is that my unreviewed visits are left with a red mark in the top right corner of the history icon. To me, this equates to having 112 unread email notifications on my phone. I like to be able to control my push notifications and my alerts.
All in all, I’m still getting used to Foursquare. I think it has obvious benefits for businesses, but I’m still figuring out how being a user benefits me personally. I’m happy I’ve started exploring this new medium, however, and am excited to find out more about its features as time goes on.
Photo Credit: The Real Time Report
In this series called Social Media Observations, I’ll be blogging about social media observations for the purpose of encouraging discussion as well as fulfilling the requirements Topic 1 for MMIS 0644.