I was reading Christina Warren’s article on Foursquare’s transition from stalking tool…I mean check-in app…to Yelp clone and couldn’t help but hope that this is the end of the check-in. I realize they moved this to their new app Swarm and that Facebook still enables this sort of feature but enough is enough.
I believe we all need to assume a certain level of personal responsibility but technology companies also have a responsibility to develop products that, I don’t know, don’t put us in eminent danger. Foursquare and their check-in nonsense was about as great a risk to personal safety as one can imagine. Encouraging people to share with the world and every knucklehead in it exactly where you are grabbing a coffee early in the morning or drink late at night is insanity. And let’s not forget how haphazardly they treated this data by allowing open access to their API and the birth of the Girls Around Me app. Only after significant outcry did they button up the API.
I don’t know whether their version of Yelp will be a success but feel, as Christina points out, they’re a bit late to the game and Yelp is so synonomous that they have an awful lot of catching up to do. I’m just happy to see them moving away from the check-in centric model and hope this is the end of a ridiculous and dangerous trend.
Stop checking in, good people. If not for me, then for the children.