I'm the mayor of my house: Examining why people use foursquare - A social-driven location sharing application

Janne Lindqvist*, Justin Cranshaw, Jason Wiese, Jason Hong, John Zimmerman

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2011 - 29th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Conference Proceedings and Extended Abstracts
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jun 2011
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventACM SIGCHI Annual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 7 May 201112 May 2011
Conference number: 29


ConferenceACM SIGCHI Annual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Abbreviated titleACM CHI
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  • Check-in
  • Foursquare
  • Location based service
  • Mobile computing
  • Privacy
  • Social computing
  • Uses and gratifications

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