I have been defending my use of Foursquare for years, at this point.
People are constantly still asking me why I use the service, followed by questions or comments like, Why do you want people to know where you are? or Who care about becoming the mayor? It’s so arrogant. blah blah blah.
Neither of these things really matter to me and I generally give some kind of answer about data. I have been a journaler for most of my life – whether is was a diary, live journal, to-do lists, Moleskins, twitter, etc. and the thing that most intrigues me about platforms that can collect behavior is obviously, the historical data. New music platforms have come and gone over the years, but I refuse to switch from Last.fm, despite the company’s total lack of innovation, post-CBS purchase, because I have years of historical data invested into that platform, which has an open API.
The main reason (there are others) that I use Foursquare is to have the historical check-in data, which is something that I find far more interesting than becoming the mayor of the Brooklyn Bridge (although, that would rule). When people engage me in this debate, I usually tell them that open source culture allows amazing new platforms to be built upon the work of others every day, and that I know SOME DAY there will be other platforms that use the Foursquare API (for something awesome) and I will be glad to have the backlog of data.
Well, my friends, that day has arrived, and I know that this is only the first of many that I will truly love.
Meshu is the brainchild of data visualization extraordinaire’s Sha Hwang and Rachel Binx. The concept is simple and genius, combining several things that I love: digital fabrication, maps, data and well designed, beautiful jewelry!
Your data + a 3D printer + a laser cutter = an original piece of jewelry ^-^
There are three ways to create on meshu: search for places, point to them on a map OR use foursquare connect to pull in all of your data.
Obviously, I had to see what would happen if I used I used Foursquare Connect. Look at all of the crazy combos!
I can easily see how my Friday night is going to be spent :)
Oh, and if you need more reasons to try and understand why people use Foursquare or other geolocation based services, read Marshall Kirkpatrick’s article of Why We Check-In (I clear fall under the “As a Personal History” Bucket) on ReadWriteWeb.
THANKS TO JOJO FOR SENDING ME MESHU!!! <3 <3 ^-^ <3 <3