The one that got a big update today is « foursquare », I guess. It’s a location-based social network that I use a lot when I travel, and sometimes I use it in Japan too. « It’s just a way to say, « I’m here! but it’s really interesting.
I’ve written about how I use it in my diary before.
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First of all, when you update and start up, the startup screen has changed a lot. I get the impression that the home screen has also changed a lot.
But the biggest change is that you can now take photos. On the left side of the check-in screen, there is a new icon called « photo ». So I tried it right away!
Yes, you can check in or tip with a photo.
Isn’t this a pretty interesting feature! It’s such a simple combination that I don’t know why I didn’t notice it before… I wish it had been available sooner. It would have been really fun to be able to do this while traveling in Europe. It would have been fun to do it while traveling in Europe.
This doesn’t replace the fact that I’m enjoying going out and traveling again. Oh, I feel like going somewhere again.
There are some net news about the update status of this site. There are not many yet, but for example, CNET.
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It’s a short article, but from what I can see here it’s an improvement that makes it easier to interact, or so it seems.
By the way, location-based SNS like foursquare may not be a big hit in Japan. I feel that anonymity is the standard on the Internet in Japan, so location-based SNS may be difficult to grasp for people who want to focus on anonymity.
But like Facebook, foursquare is also a way to share some of your real information on the internet, so I’m sure there are many people who are concerned about that. But on the other hand, I personally feel more comfortable with people who can participate in such social networking sites.
I don’t mean to deny the anonymity at all, but on the other hand, it’s also true that there are some people who don’t have the heart to troll as they please. So, I think that social networking sites with real names are better for people to communicate without troubles.