Why Foursquare is dead to me now
I used to LOVE Foursquare. It was about places. Over time, it did add more commercial tips and recommendations, but it used to be about ME, the user, and my places. It has become a “Push” app that doesn’t let me add geospaces that are special to me, whether or not they involve spending money. Now, you can’t even find an email or contact for the nameless/faceless Foursquarers.
Who cares for recommendations when they sound like they were written with NLP by a marketers? I could even accept those, if I could still use Foursquare as my own little app to memorialize personal “blandmarks” and such.
I was on Foursquare when it was dodgeball, yet when they introduced Swarm, I wrote them and didn’t even get a response. They are about as cool now as ATT or Comcast.
With the split between Foursquare and Swarm, if you try and add a place you liked, say a cool vista you found while biking, you can’t do it unless there is something commercial near it or unless you want to bother your friends.
I am sorry to see Foursquare get so sucky and as soon as I get time download all my stuff from there, I’m going to delete the app. I’m all for making money, but you don’t always have to kill the golden goose.
This photo is from “Middle of Nowhere” a place that showed up when I had a phone connection and we were on the Interstate, going to Florida. I snapped a photo moving at 70 mph. No friends were near, there was nothing to buy. I liked it.