I’m the Mayor of My House: Examining Why People Use Foursquare - A Social-Driven Location Sharing Application
In Proceedings of the 2011 Annual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '11). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 2409-2418, DOI=10.1145/1978942.1979295 http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1978942.1979295
10 Pages Posted: 9 Oct 2012
Date Written: May 2012
There have been many location sharing systems developed over the past two decades, and only recently have they started to be adopted by consumers. In this paper, we present the results of three studies focusing on the foursquare check-in system. We conducted interviews and two surveys to understand, both qualitatively and quantitatively, how and why people use location sharing applications, as well as how they manage their privacy. We also document surprising uses of foursquare, and discuss implications for design of mobile social services.
Keywords: foursquare, mobile computing, social computing, check-in, privacy, location based service, uses and gratifications
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