The new version of the application is gathering support, but much changed in terms of privacy: do we want to be always tracked?
The surprisingly good new Foursqaureper Mashable, for The Verge, instead of the definitive app in its sector. A sector that is no longer that of the check in – that never really touched the interests of the mass public – but that of suggestions on places to see, restaurants where to eat and so on. All very effective and fun, but also to focus attention on another aspect, that of privacy.
In fact, if before Foursquare invited us to communicate our position voluntarily, by checking in and, perhaps, sharing it on the other social networks, now the app has changed perspective and can always know where we are, geolocating us automatically at any time and therefore proposing suggestions based on our interests and habits. Our position is communicated to the company's servers where, based on 6 billion check-ins previously registered (the Wired US estimate), suggestions are identified and proposed. Very comfortable, yes, but, as Ryan Tate pointed out Wired Us, Foursquare, with this change of perspective, turned into a tracking machine that works even when the application is closed, always tracking users' movements.
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