Foursquare Check-ins and Twitter?

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Please note: This is an opinion post. Thank you!

There has been on going conversation on geo-location chats, foursquare chats and location-based chats [#4sqchat and #lbschat] about whether sending “check-ins,” via @foursquare ,to Twitter and Facebook  is spam or not.

I think it’s spam, and I’m going to tell you why.

When I’m on Twitter, I want to see conversation. Conversation, to me, is not posting where you are at and what you are doing all the time. Sometimes my Twitter feed is CLOGGED with foursquare check-ins and I think it’s annoying.

The opposing side says check-ins can stimulate conversation, that may be true, but let’s talk about it another way. You don’t have to send your check-in to Twitter and Facebook every… single… time you check-in. I think it’s spam because people do it over and over and over and never tweet anything for a while.  Another aspect: I just don’t care where you are and what you’re doing all the time. If I want to know where people are, I can check my foursquare app on my BlackBerry.

My opinion: It’s annoying, it’s not engaging and it’s repetitive.

Solution: You can use TweetDeck to block foursquare check-ins so you will never have to see them. This feature via TweetDeck really helped me so I wouldn’t have to see the check-ins all the time.

Note: I am not against foursquare, gowalla or any other geo-location check-in/gaming programs. I love foursquare and use it myself about everyday! I just don’t want to see check-ins all the time via my Twitter feed. It’s my personal preference.

Please note: This is an opinion post. Thank you!

34 thoughts on “Foursquare Check-ins and Twitter?

  1. Agreed Lauren. If you value your presence on twitter or facebook your content should be engaging. Therefore, whatever you shout through foursquare when checking in should add to the conversation.

  2. I think Foursquare and other check-in sites are useful at events like SXSW, Comic Con, etc., but I haven’t found a place for it in my everyday life. Like you, I turn to Twitter for conversations and interesting content. I haven’t gone as far as to block the check-ins yet, but if your Twitter stream is full of check-ins, I’m less likely to follow.

    1. That’s a good point. I actually got unfollowed for just talking about foursquare too much, not even for check-ins! I haven’t unfollowed anyone yet for all their foursquare check-ins but I probably should! Thanks for your input!

  3. I think Foursquare and other check-in sites are useful at events like SXSW, Comic Con, etc., but I haven’t found a place for it in my everyday life. Like you, I turn to Twitter for conversations and interesting content. I haven’t gone as far as to block the check-ins yet, but if your Twitter stream is full of check-ins, I’m less likely to follow.

  4. Thanks for the post Lauren
    !
    Interesting! I’ve never really thought about this being spam but I do notice when people just check-in and never tweet other content. I have always selected only certain check-ins to go to twitter. Less than 5% of my check-ins I send to twitter (& never send to Facebook). I don’t think anyone needs to know when I am at the store because I forgot Q-tips! Ha! However, I do find it nice to send #4sq check-ins to twitter when I want to. For example: When I am at a Social Media Club meeting, client’s office building, conferences, and so on. I am glad we agree, full-time #4sq check-ins sent to twiter/fb are not helpful!

    -J
    @Jackieb3

    1. Hey Jackie! Thanks for reading and commenting! I’m glad we agree as well that full time foursquare check-ins are not helpful and not engaging. I NEVER send check-ins to facebook. It’s just unnecessary to me.

      Conference check-ins and club meeting check-ins I could definitely make an exception for. Those are very important! Every day check-ins at your dorm room, the bank, etc. are just annoying.

  5. Thanks for the post Lauren!
    Interesting! I’ve never really thought about this being spam but I do notice when people just check-in and never tweet other content. I have always selected only certain check-ins to go to twitter. Less than 5% of my check-ins I send to twitter (& never send to Facebook). I don’t think anyone needs to know when I am at the store because I forgot Q-tips! Ha! However, I do find it nice to send #4sq check-ins to twitter when I want to. For example: When I am at a Social Media Club meeting, client’s office building, conferences, and so on. I am glad we agree, full-time #4sq check-ins sent to twiter/fb are not helpful!
    -J
    @Jackieb3

    1. Hey Jackie! Thanks for reading and commenting! I’m glad we agree as well that full time foursquare check-ins are not helpful and not engaging. I NEVER send check-ins to facebook. It’s just unnecessary to me.
      Conference check-ins and club meeting check-ins I could definitely make an exception for. Those are very important! Every day check-ins at your dorm room, the bank, etc. are just annoying.

  6. Lauren,

    I like your post on this. I’m not a big foursquare, gowalla user. As a matter of fact, I did a blog post on why I didn’t like it a few months back. I do tell clients about it and say that if it works for your purposed, use it.
    One of the commenters said that they could see using it for conferences, etc. I think that is a fine use. But, I don’t need to know when someone is at McDonald’s.

    1. Hey! Thank you for reading and commenting! I think it’s fine if people don’t use it and I think it’s great that you tell your clients about it anyways, very mature approach and helpful approach for them!

      Exactly my views though at the end, conferences I can see where you want to check-in, but I do not need to know when you are at McDonald’s, the grocery store, etc. I just don’t care.

  7. Lauren,
    I like your post on this. I’m not a big foursquare, gowalla user. As a matter of fact, I did a blog post on why I didn’t like it a few months back. I do tell clients about it and say that if it works for your purposed, use it.
    One of the commenters said that they could see using it for conferences, etc. I think that is a fine use. But, I don’t need to know when someone is at McDonald’s.

    1. Hey! Thank you for reading and commenting! I think it’s fine if people don’t use it and I think it’s great that you tell your clients about it anyways, very mature approach and helpful approach for them!
      Exactly my views though at the end, conferences I can see where you want to check-in, but I do not need to know when you are at McDonald’s, the grocery store, etc. I just don’t care.

  8. Good post, Lauren. I’m with you, I prefer engaging content rather than just check-in after check-in. I use foursquare but am still on the fence about it, I actually blogged about it in a post here and would love to hear your opinion!

    Sandy

    1. Thank you for commenting and reading Sandy! I can understand how people are still on the fence about it, that makes sense! I will check out your blog post too, thanks for sharing!

  9. Good post, Lauren. I’m with you, I prefer engaging content rather than just check-in after check-in. I use foursquare but am still on the fence about it, I actually blogged about it in a post here and would love to hear your opinion!
    Sandy

  10. Thanks for the post Lauren, I was looking forward to this since you mentioned it Sunday night during #blogchat.
    Although, I see both sides of the coin and using a Twitter aggregate to turn off location based check-ins is a great solution – I use FourSquare for another reason – Personal Branding.

    Location based check-ins help enhance my personal brand and the brand of my agency – GRT2 Studios. It helps prospects and clients see the human side of me and my business and helps me in building relationship and rapport.

    1. Thanks for reading! I’m glad you were looking forward to it. I haven’t seen this side of foursquare for personal branding, but I’m glad you get something out of it. I’m glad prospects and clients see the human side of you and your business, check-ins to Twitter are just not for me.

  11. Thanks for the post Lauren, I was looking forward to this since you mentioned it Sunday night during #blogchat.Although, I see both sides of the coin and using a Twitter aggregate to turn off location based check-ins is a great solution – I use FourSquare for another reason – Personal Branding.
    Location based check-ins help enhance my personal brand and the brand of my agency – GRT2 Studios. It helps prospects and clients see the human side of me and my business and helps me in building relationship and rapport.

    1. Thanks for reading! I’m glad you were looking forward to it. I haven’t seen this side of foursquare for personal branding, but I’m glad you get something out of it. I’m glad prospects and clients see the human side of you and your business, check-ins to Twitter are just not for me.

  12. I think it also depends on the age demographic of who we’re talking about.

    Twitter, I feel, is most effective when used as a psuedo news/tech/social media/media/politics stream for sharing, engaging in micro conversation, adding additional thoughts, etc.

    However, that kind of usage is mainly for people in a certain age demographic. For those who are younger—let’s say teenagers—Twitter is something different to them and the automatic FourSquare check-ins that can be fed directly into their Twitter is probably exciting for them.

    As another person mentioned—the FourSquare check-in/Twitter feed option is best as an *option*.

    1. Thanks for your input Cristian! I agree there are many demographics and different ways to look at things. It could be exciting to some, I just don’t want to see it all the time, because like I said: I don’t care to know where you are and what you are doing all the time.

      I think it’s better as an option, but not an all the time option.

  13. I think it also depends on the age demographic of who we’re talking about.
    Twitter, I feel, is most effective when used as a psuedo news/tech/social media/media/politics stream for sharing, engaging in micro conversation, adding additional thoughts, etc.
    However, that kind of usage is mainly for people in a certain age demographic. For those who are younger—let’s say teenagers—Twitter is something different to them and the automatic FourSquare check-ins that can be fed directly into their Twitter is probably exciting for them.
    As another person mentioned—the FourSquare check-in/Twitter feed option is best as an *option*.

    1. Thanks for your input Cristian! I agree there are many demographics and different ways to look at things. It could be exciting to some, I just don’t want to see it all the time, because like I said: I don’t care to know where you are and what you are doing all the time.
      I think it’s better as an option, but not an all the time option.

  14. Hey Lauren,
    Great post! I actually never thought of it as being spam, but I think it is great advice. I purposely haven’t linked Foursquare to my company’s Twitter account, but for my other Twitter account that is more foodie, wine, travel, coffee – all industry specific – I do send my Foursquare updates to Twitter, but with picks of local places (good finds, food, things to do) – all which I think are helpful based on the industry. However, Foursquare allows you to still be connected to your Twitter account, but check in “off the grid” ie not blasting it to everyone. From your post, I now realize that while sending these updates to Twitter for my food & wine account can be helpful, I can also “hold back” on posting that I’m at Wal-Mart or getting gas! LOL! Thanks!

    1. Hello! Thanks for posting and reading! This is just my perspective as a person who does get annoyed at seeing all the Wal-mart, grocery stores and gas station check-ins. I think your good finds on food and such can be helpful, but the other check-ins are just not good content. I’m glad my post helped you! Thanks for commenting :]

  15. Hey Lauren,Great post! I actually never thought of it as being spam, but I think it is great advice. I purposely haven’t linked Foursquare to my company’s Twitter account, but for my other Twitter account that is more foodie, wine, travel, coffee – all industry specific – I do send my Foursquare updates to Twitter, but with picks of local places (good finds, food, things to do) – all which I think are helpful based on the industry. However, Foursquare allows you to still be connected to your Twitter account, but check in “off the grid” ie not blasting it to everyone. From your post, I now realize that while sending these updates to Twitter for my food & wine account can be helpful, I can also “hold back” on posting that I’m at Wal-Mart or getting gas! LOL! Thanks!

    1. Hello! Thanks for posting and reading! This is just my perspective as a person who does get annoyed at seeing all the Wal-mart, grocery stores and gas station check-ins. I think your good finds on food and such can be helpful, but the other check-ins are just not good content. I’m glad my post helped you! Thanks for commenting :]

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