Foursquare Time Machine
via Foursquare Blog
this was a good talk at foss4g-na, too
Infographic: Foursquare’s New Tool Maps Your Check-Ins As we amass more and more data about ourselves, the big challenge will be creating tools that help us put it to use in productive, positive ways. A quantified self is not necessarily an improved one. In the meantime, though, some personalized eye-candy can’t hurt. Foursquare launched its own visualization tool last week, letting users view their last 12 months of activity in a few different ways. In each, check-ins are represented by colorful little badges. You can sort them by date or by category, which line the badges up into orderly little rows. The latter will probably just confirm what you already know: you go out for coffee way too often.A circular “connections” view is a little more insightful, showing all the different places you went throughout the year after checking in at a certain location. Here, you might get confirmation of things you already knew deep down but never really liked to acknowledge. You’ll be able to see, say, where you tend to check-in after sessions at the gym. Take-out food joints? Oh well, you’ve earned it, or something. As the company wrote in a blog post accompanying the release, the tool is “just our small way of saying, ‘Thanks! We think you’re awesome.’” Also a small way of saying think how much cooler these would look if you used Foursquare more often. Try it out for yourself here. [Hat tip: Gizmodo]Via
Planes, trains and automobiles - Transportation check-ins last year (2010) from Foursquare
Wanderlust - an experimental location-based storytelling platform.
You can use Wanderlust anywhere in the world, as long as you’re in the right type of place.
To begin a story, you might need to be at a bar, restaurant, cafe, or airport. And if the story moves to another location, that’s where you’ll need to go.
It’s a new way of telling stories.
Foursquare in 2010 -
I bet you were sitting there wondering how many people named Wendy checked in at Wendy’s during the year. It was 224, but there was only one mayor of Wendy’s named Wendy. What I really want to know though is if people named Wendy are more drawn to Wendy’s than non-Wendy’s.
But if I were the mayor, the question (as a good American Consumer) is “What’s in it for me?” Badges are cute and nice (I have 20+), but they have a very flare-like feel a la Office Space. Mayorships are generally useless (with a few exceptions I’ll discuss in a minute). I fear the day that I’m out and the new pickup line is “Hey, baby, can I buy you a discounted drink? I’m the mayor here.” I may have to flee the country and abandon all social media if that happens.