Foursquare Check-in or Facebook Place?Posted: October 16, 2011
A year ago, Facebook started Place status update service. You can check into the place where you are as a status update.
Facebook Place is
Both of them are services basically telling people where you are. It seems to me that Facebook is asking “Why use foursquare when you can just simply use facebook place? why log in to another service?”
Well, that’s basically how I thought when I started this practicum project.
Foursquare is like a game. It’s a bit more interesting and engaging. I check-in, I earn points, get badges, get special deals and possibly become a mayor for a place. Facebook Place is, however, just a way of updating one’s status. “Hey I am here!” By using Foursquare, you can play the check-in game(?), and also make it as a facebook status update and new tweet if you connect them. It can carry out all three functions.
By using Facebook Place you can tell way too much information about yourself to business owners. Because whatever you have made public on facebook will be accessible to the store owner.
Some people make distinction between facebook friends and foursquare friends. I only accept facebook friendship request only if I have spoken to the person more than certain amount of time. Currently I don’t have foursquare friends but I just put everything visible to public, and I only check in when I feel safe to let people know where I am. I don’t want to bother my facebook friends by updating my location. It seems a bit bombastic to do so. But people on Foursquare don’t mind knowing my location. One of my friend only have foursquare friends whom she feels comfortable letting her locative information and make her check-ins visible to her foursquare friends. She makes facebook friends with everyone who friend requests her. So she uses Fouesquare but not Facebook Place. She doesn’t know her facebook friends well enough to share her location with.
What would you use? Foursquare or Facebook?
This is a Foursquare Parody video. quite interesting… so thought I would share.