To tie in with our “in-class” mapping project, this week’s readings all deal with the subject of location-specific news and social media use. Get ready to get located! Or at least to read about it.
As always, we’ll start off with some Foursquare news. Our pet application has recently partnered with the New York Times for the 2010 Winter Olympics. This post also describes Foursquare’s teaming with Zagat, the well-known recommendation guide, and Bravo, the well-known home of shows about great chefs and horrible people. Among Zagat’s ideas are a series of “meet the mayor” where you can learn more about the #1 users of various sites (at least as far as Foursquare is concerned). In this older link, the application’s partnership with San Francisco’s light rail system, users can earn free tickets by checking in. What do you think of these uses of location-specific updating? If you don’t see much value here, can you propose better uses of the idea (not necessarily with Foursquare, but in a general sense)?
Location is predicted to be the keyword of 2010. First, have a look at what Jeremy Littau has to say on the relationship of social media and sense of place. Some are calling it as a necessity for SEO (Search Engine Optimization). Others have suggested it as a way for newspapers like the New York Times to save their profession (and as an alternative to paywalls). And of course, Twitter is gearing up a location aware feature, and Google Buzz is trying to get into the act in its own way. Read-Write Web offers a few perspectives on the location-based trend, but rather than link the rest (there’s a lot), I’m posting this link to their page for all articles tagged “location based.” Have a look through.
So what’s happening with location out there? Why is it happening now? What are the assets and problems you can see, and what’s it all mean for your chosen line of work?
As always, post your responses HERE (not on your blogs!) by the close of business next Monday, February 15.