October 22, 2009
If Facebook has eclipsed MySpace, will FourSquare eventually leave Facebook in the dust?
Things happen quick in the social media world, n'est ce pas? Last year at this time, had anyone even heard of Twitter?
We've already told you that Facebook has made MySpace passe. Now comes this story from the New York Times about the new kid on the block, FourSquare, which in hipper (i.e. bridge and tunnel losers not allowed) 20 to 30-something circles has already made Facebook declasse.
“On Twitter, there are more than 3,000 people that follow me, and Facebook is more of a business community now,” said Annie Heckenberger, 36, who works at an advertising agency in Philadelphia. “Foursquare is more of the people that I actually hang out with and want to socialize with.”
For them, a fast-growing social networking service called Foursquare is becoming the tool of choice. A combination of friend-finder, city guide and competitive bar game, Foursquare lets users “check in” with a cellphone at a bar, restaurant or art gallery. That alerts their friends to their current location so they can drop by and say hello.
It is akin to knowing about a hip new club before everyone else, said Deborah Schultz, an analyst with the Altimeter Group who specializes in trends in social media.
“There will always be people who love new technology and want to test it out, kick the tires,” she said. “Once those services become too big and the bridge-and-tunnel crowd shows up, they can lose some of that initial interest.”
I think all of this proves it's so much easier to go through life having no friends.
If you want, you can read the rest of the article here.
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