Foursquare: Check-in at Harvard Yard
I have expressed my concern about FourSquare in previous posts due to safety concerns stemming from lack of privacy. However, Foursquare has recently partnered with Harvard to create a mini-version of the popular location game.
This will be a great way for students to get to know the campus when first arriving or for local hot-spots to gain more popularity. I can see many more partnerships stemming from this deal, like Barclay’s Burger Shack offerings deals for those who post their locations. This is a pretty neat way to connect the campus with the larger neighborhood of Cambridge.
It also reduces the risk of scariness from geo-location. Presumably the users will be restricted to Harvard students/employees so the risk of randos is reduced. Also, there are only so many places one could check-in, versus the infinite spots in a larger city, which makes the game a little more relevant (and fun). I checked-in recently in Chicago and was the first to do so at a fairly popular location, which suggests that either there aren’t many users or they aren’t going to the same places as I am. It makes the game a little less fun. But on a college campus, the size issue is reduced.
I wish they would bring FourSquare to my campus, I’d like to know where my friends are and what they are doing. There is a campus full of plugged-in users waiting. Maybe if they get hooked while still in college, they will continue using the service while away on summer internships or post-graduation.