Where you at? Foursquare maps it out

Friday, April 03, 2009

There’s a new web tool that’s getting a lot of buzz right now called Foursquare. It's a program that encourages you to “check in” with the system whenever you go to an interesting – or mundane! – place with your cell phone. This sends an alert to your friends telling them where you are and what you are doing. It may sound like that other tool that is hogging the news feed these days – Twitter – but it’s not. There are no pithy comments or creativity required. You just passively check in and all your friends find out. But our friend and blogger, Scott Lamb, thinks this simple act of finding out what people are doing also makes the world a better place. He is the senior editor at Buzzfeed and he joins us to discuss this new trend.

For more, read Scott Lamb's blog post, The absurd satisfaction of playing Foursquare.
Related:
The absurd satisfaction of playing foursquare
Playing with radio: Behind the scenes of The Takeaway's "Where are you?" game
What are you doing right now?
The thrill of checking in with our listeners

Guests:

Scott Lamb

Hosted by:

Femi Oke

Contributors:

Jim Colgan

Comments [2]

leeleew65

I'm not sure why folks want to know either, but I'm in Rio de Janeiro, listening online, as usual. I'm American so I feel almost lucky to be stressed about having too much work this month! I'm a teacher, translator and freelance journalist by the way.
Take care,
Lee

Apr. 03 2009 09:31 AM
Clark

I don't get it. Who cares? Do your friends/ family really need to know your exact spot on earth?
More time wasted by people who can't find something else better to do.
The ubiquitous cell phone is a ball and chain.
I more frequently hear inane conversations and wasted reasons for using a phone than ever.
Yak, Yak, Yak, people just love to hear themselves talk.
Here are some ideas to fill your time; make new friends, read a book, sit down and enjoy the quiet (if you can find it).
I'm one of the few left without a cell phone & very happy too.

Apr. 03 2009 09:22 AM

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