However, Mr. Colony might have a point, although he was unnecessarily harsh making it. After several months spending time on Foursquare, I sadly realized that I can get better value out of other web sites.
There were three ways that I hoped to get value.
Recommendations When I Travel
First and foremost, I was hoping that it would help me find cool places when I am traveling. Foursquare did deliver on this promise to some extent but sadly TripAdvisor (with a dash of Lonely Planet) is a lot more useful when abroad. It simply has more information. More importantly, it has more information in a language that I can understand. The few, if any, comments in Foursquare about a place are usually in the local language that I don’t understand. In Istanbul, the city where I live, this benefit diminishes because I can already find out about new places through other means.
My second reason was to keep a record of good times I spend with friends and family and share them with others. You know…check-in, attach a picture and a few lines of comments…Facebook with check-in along with the Timeline is much better for this purpose. The level of interaction with friends after you do a check-in is also so much higher in Facebook.
Run into Friends
Third was to find out if a friend is nearby. This happens so rarely that it’s not worth to keep checking in. I actually run into more people without the help of Foursquare than with it. Besides Facebook has the same functionality as well.
So despite desperately trying to find a place for Foursquare in my iPhone, I just could not justify it. Sadly, it lost the battle for my time to TripAdvisor+Lonely Planet when travelling and to Facebook when at home.
Check-in as a feature to the overall Facebook experience is much much better than what Foursquare offers. This makes me think that Foursquare is in somewhat of a trouble. I worry that there may be well established players at the destination they are headed.
Yalım K. Gerger (@yalimgerger)