I haven’t been paying much attention to Foursquare. I use it, but it’s a “social extra”. It isn’t important to me, other than catching up with people that happen to be nearby.
For instance, I checked in on Foursquare, and my friend Tracy was in town and saw my check-in on a different social media app and pinged me, so I was able to spend some time with her IRL, thanks to the wonders of modern technology. :)
Also, if I’m leaving a hangout, I’ll check to see if any of my friends are around before I leave the area in search of other adventures.
So.. A couple of days ago, Foursquare announces to me that I’ve reached the 1,000 contact limit.
Of course, I’m thinking “What 1,000 contact limit? o_O”
These are the perils of using free apps like Foursquare, Twitter, and Facebook.. They just change whatever they want whenever they want, and you don’t have anything to say about it because you aren’t paying A DIME to use them. You roll with the ToS changes (Terms of Service) or you bounce.
When I joined Foursquare, years ago, it was very useful, because I was only connected to social media friends of mine, because nobody else had ever heard of it.
This meant that every update I received was relevant to me, and potentially of interest.
Somewhere down the line, Foursquare and Twitter became fads, and everybody wanted to be connected on them.
This was exacerbated when they added the ability for you to automatically find your social media friends on Foursquare, and you’re also alerted to when your friends join Foursquare.
The problem with this, and the limit I just ran into, for me, is that I have thousands of actual friends, and I have thousands of fans.
I’ve *always* been popular, so I’m still in contact with friends of mine from elementary school, high school, college, work, social media, and random socialization.
Similar to what I mentioned before about Tracy, I’ve physically spent time IRL (In Real Life) with approximately half of my 3,600 Facebook Friends, which makes ~1,800 people, which means that even if I restricted my Foursquare presence to people I’ve actually hung out with, I’d still hit the 1,000 contact limit if they all joined.
So, when I hit this limit, I started researching it and found out that Foursquare had started converting accounts of people that gained 1,000 “followers” to “celebrity” accounts, bumping all but 100 people to being “fans” or whatever, and keeping 100 as “friends”.
That was going to be a drag to begin with, but then I found out that Foursquare STARTED doing that and then STOPPED doing that before The Kid hit the limit, so my account isn’t going to be converted to anything.
This means that when friends of mine join Foursquare and send me connection requests, I can’t do anything about it. I can’t add them (it gives you an error, as if the program messed up), and I can’t send them a message saying “I can’t add you”, which I don’t FEEL LIKE sending them a message saying I can’t add them because I WANT TO ADD THEM.
I thought about this for a couple of days, and I also wanted to see if Foursquare would actually send me an email saying my account was converted. That didn’t happen. Right now, I have 1,001 friends, and I can’t add any more.
So what I’m going to do is bail from the “fan” aspect of Foursquare.
Looking down the line, as I have 3K followers on Facebook, 3K on Twitter, 6K on Google+, etc etc *yawn*, there’s no way I won’t continuously run into this barrier, so I’m going to pare down my Foursquare connections to the essentials, which will probably still be around 700 people, but at least, I’ll have space where I can add more essentials to the list, until I finally have 1,000 people, none of which I feel like deleting, and by then, Foursquare will have changed their ToS again, and I might have some better options.
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