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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  

Janne Lindqvist

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - New Brunswick/Piscataway

Justin Cranshaw

Microsoft Research

Jason Wiese

Carnegie Mellon University

Jason Hong

affiliation not provided to SSRN

John Zimmerman

Carnegie Mellon University

Date Written: May 2012

Abstract

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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Lindqvist, Janne and Cranshaw, Justin and Wiese, Jason and Hong, Jason and Zimmerman, John, I’m the Mayor of My House: Examining Why People Use Foursquare - A Social-Driven Location Sharing Application (May 2012). 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. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2158996

Janne Lindqvist (Contact Author)

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - New Brunswick/Piscataway ( email )

Justin Cranshaw

Microsoft Research ( email )

Redmond, WA 98052
United States

Jason Wiese

Carnegie Mellon University ( email )

Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
United States

Jason Hong

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

John Zimmerman

Carnegie Mellon University ( email )

Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
United States

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