It looks like we had about a 5 year run Foursquare and I, and I had frequently questioned why I went to the effort of checking in, but I did like my mayorships and losing my mayorships while I was on vacation only to eventually earn them back when I returned and fell back into my old habits.
That is no more. With the update and change to Foursquare, I can no longer regain the mayorships that were meaningful to me. Well, I guess I could go over to their new app Swarm and become a mayor among my “friends” but I really don’t want to collect Foursquare friends, I want to be the fucking mayor of my damn vegan restaurant.
At one time it really did work for me, I remember being in Portland, wondering where that little breakfast place I went to was and finding it… actually finding it again. I remember surprise mayorships that I think I hold to this day because I was the dude who cared enough to check in. But I also remember the day the app just died, when my checkins stopped counting and I could not regain a mayorship I had held for months or years because I was stupid enough to go on vacation before the surprise update to the way the game I had been playing took place.
So this is as much a grave marker as a lament, I don’t know that I will or will not go back but I am acknowledging a loss here. I feel like if I had just been more monitizable… I could still be playing, but I knew all along that it was hallow.
So from my very first checkin:
To the badges I just don’t understand:
And the few I thought might have made me cool:To my ultimate consistency:Even when I didn’t know what I was doing:To the places I have been and brought the game:I reflect on the fact that I played thru this for most of my time on wifi exclusively because I was using my iPod or because I had no data plan (in Russia) and am pretty amaze that it was so sticky.
This is the challenge of the network app, and the world we live in, the “game” lives on and my data will continue to be monitized, but I am done contributing.