Why I deleted my Foursquare account

While hesitant at first, I eventually signed up for a Foursquare account and from that moment began “checking in” everytime I went somewhere. The longer I used the service, the more frustrated I became and today I decided that I had enough.

Foursquare in an Ideal World

Foursquare is a fun service that encourages you to get out and “do more.” You can see where all of your friends are at and get tips about local businesses.

The Reality of Foursquare

  1. Most of your friends don’t use it.
  2. Everytime you go somewhere, you will immediately pull out your phone and spend a minimum of 1 minute checking in – if you are lucky.
  3. The database of venues allows for all users to create venues, but a significantly smaller amount of users to make changes. What tends to happen is some idiot creates the venue with no information or creates a bunch of duplicates. In order to get anything fixed, you have to post on some bullshit forum thread and wait. Sometimes they fix it, sometimes they don’t. Whether or not your “suggestion” based on the knowledge you have as a local becomes reality is dependent solely on the opinion of some e-peen stroking “power user” that knows absolutely nothing about where you live. I’ve checked-in over 1000 times to some stupid number of different venues, hold 16 mayorships that each contain perfectly formatted information – yet I am powerless over my own city.
  4. Most of the time your smartphone application can’t determine where you are at. It’s pathetic when I am standing inside of a store and spend 5 minutes refreshing my phone so I can check in.
  5. Oh, guess what… the venue you want to check in to doesn’t exist – have fun sitting in the parking lot punching in the address from your receipt. <sarcasm>You could just create the venue with no information at all or duplicate it, hell – everybody else in your city is doing it</sarcasm>.
  6. Recently Foursquare rolled out anti-cheat checks that simply compare your smartphone’s determined distance from the venue to an acceptable variance based on how spread out previous check ins have been. This would be great if it worked correctly, but it doesn’t. End result of spending 5 minutes checking in is a message telling me that my phone thinks I’m too far away and I don’t get points or credit towards mayorship. <sarcasm>Awesome</sarcasm>.
  7. Foursquare servers become overloaded at lunch time every single day. It has been this way for months and they have done nothing to solve increasing scalability issues.
  8. Even if you aren’t the kind of user to put your home on there or accept friendships from strangers, do you really trust a service with information about where you are located at any given time? I don’t.

The gist of it is that I am tired of having to dick around on my phone every time I go somewhere and using a service shouldn’t be frustrating. I shouldn’t be spending more than a few seconds using a service like this or distracting myself while driving in order to win “nerd points IRL.” On top of that, it’s 2010 – there are digital directories of businesses that Foursquare should be using to populate their venue database. It would be far more accurate and less frustrating than the current half-assed system they have now.

The best part about Foursquare is that it was easy to delete my account. I feel sorry for myself that I wasted so much time and allowed myself to be completely distracted by an obligation to check in every time I went somewhere.

Android Apps

I’ve been on Android for 2 or 3 weeks now, overall I like it. ┬áHere are some apps that I recommend…

Of course there are others that I use, but chose to leave out because they aren’t good and just convenient. I’m sure there are other exceptional apps that I haven’t found yet, let me know if you have one.

Advanced Task Killer

See what system bloat is eating memory, close apps that you are no longer using. Can be done manually with the app, a 1 click widget or set to run on a timer. Free version will suffice for most.

Alchemy

Game, mix elements and see what it makes.. time killer.

Converter

My pick for a units converter, basic and advanced options.

DoubleTwist

The default music player is okay.. but this one is better, plus the desktop app is really easy to adjust from (because it mocks) iTunes/iPhone

Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Youtube

Covers social media.. get the official apps, don’t bother with any of that integrated garbage built in to your phone’s UI. Also, the twitter app is good – don’t understand why somebody would use anything else at this point. All of these work pretty well, though facebook opens my browser for some basic functionality – complete fail.

FxCamera

It’s a camera with Fx, interested? Check it out for yourself.

Google Sky Map

Any kind of nerd that wants to see stars will love this.

Google Voice

If you aren’t using Google Voice yet, please let me know why not.

Instant Buttons

Funny little app with internet memes and ebaums world sound clips.

ixMAT Scanner

Turns your camera into a barcode scanner, supports DataMatrix and QR too.

Meebo IM

Any IM service, one app – simple and easy.

PixelChaos

WarioWare wannabe.

RemoteDroid

Turns your phone into a trackpad and keyboard for any machine on your network. Uses Java. Great for my media center PC.

SNesoid ($)

SNES Emulator , seems to work pretty well on my phone. Recommended for RPG games, other games – hesitant based on your phone/controls.

Speed Test

speedtest.net on your phone.

Spirit level Plus

I wouldn’t do any construction with it, but if I am hanging a picture this will do.

Tasker ($)

Powerful automation software, may be difficult for someone without logic/programming background to use. There are a lot of pre-made profiles on their wiki though. Well worth the cost.

TeslaLED

Flashlight, has morse code and strobe functions.

Uninstaller

A better way to remove unwanted apps.

Wifi Analyzer

If you are on the go often (and like to steal wireless) or just want to see a lot of information about nearby wireless networks, this is nice. Helps you to select the best channel for your network.