I remember the first time I saw a Foursquare update pop up on my Facebook homepage. “Dick* has just checked into the Seaside Inn.” My heart dropped into my stomach. I DID NOT want to know that my ex-boyfriend Dick had just checked into a hotel with his new girlfriend. Screw you, Dick, for being a dick. And screw you, Foursquare, for adding yet another layer of complication to my electronic life.My next Foursquare dilemma came when I starting dating Ryan*. He immediately friend requested me on Facebook (which I kind of hate also, but I’ll rant about that another time) and I was forced to accept. I felt apprehensive when a Ryan update popped up on my feed: “Ryan is the Mayor of Bob’s Bar.” Crap, another Foursquare user. But the real trouble came when Ryan canceled our fourth date because he was “sick.” Yet, miraculously, just mere hours later, Ryan had checked into an art show, the Music Hall of Williamsburg, and Bob’s Bar — of which he was Mayor or King or whatever they name you in Foursquare land. Man, what an idiot! I immediately hit the button and sent him to unfriend land.
The final straw was the first time I received what I like to call “Foursquare Spam.” It came from a person from high school that I haven’t spoken to in 15 years. “Betty is the Mayor of Babies R’ Us Union Square.” Oh, hell no! TMI. UNFRIEND. I have enough digital crap coming my way each day that I don’t need to know about Betty shopping for rattles.
That’s when I made a decision to implement a “No Foursquare Policy.” No Foursquare from you and no Foursquare from me. Ever. If a friend has Foursquare, I either unfriend them immediately or hide their updates. Here’s my reasoning:
- I don’t want to know where you are. If it is important for me specifically to know you are at Bob’s Bar, the Seaside Inn, or Babies R’ Us, you can simply take 45 seconds and tell me.
- I don’t want to be stalked. Ever. Call me crazy but I don’t want all 468 of my Facebook friends knowing where I am at all times and what I’m up to. That crap is creepy.
- This is the big one for me: In our technological wonderland of a world, I strive to make sure that I am minding my forms of communication. I don’t want to get so wrapped up in anything virtual that I lose my ability to connect to people in reality.
And with that, I’ve said my piece. Foursquare is evil.
So what do you think of Foursquare? Dangerous or amazing? Share your thoughts in the comments.
*Names have been changed.