User Motivations and Behavioural Patterns on Foursquare
Why people broadcast their location?
- Gaming, fun, badges – the most perceived value seems to be linked with the element of gaming, collecting points and badges contributes to the perceived fun of Foursquare.
- Social connection – interacting with friends seems to have a big value for users. The most important aspects are: knowing where the friends are and keeping in touch with them and checking-in to the same places and the same time. The social aspect of Foursquare is very important here, majority of participants claim that Foursquare is fun because their friends are using it.
- Place discovery – majority of users have discovered a new places or where motivated to go to new places because of Foursquare. Most participants where pleased with tips about venues that they have seen on the service. The discounts offered by venues were not that important for users – less than half of them addressed it as a motivation.
Open Street Art Mapping,OSAM; another interesting Crowdsourced Mapping Project.
Great idea, borrowing a leaf from the Open Street Map, OSM concept. The Big Art Mob project can be seen as a cool project that is anchored on leveraging the power of Volunteered/Crowdsourced Geographic Information System to put on the map, all street/public arts around the world.
Big Art Mob developed an App which helps the users around the world to upload and geotag to map any street/public art from their iphones or ipads.
If anyone discovers any public art, the Big Art Mob application helps the person to geotag and put it on map. The collections are maintained in the Big Art Mob database.
“We want to de-fragment how public art is documented and talked about, making a global hub for public art discovery,” says founder, Alfie Dennen.
Big Art Mob intends to generate fund for this project by partnering with institutions and also introducing paid walking routes on the application. On the other hand the API can be made available on some fee to third party users who may want to connect to the datasource from within their own applications.
For me, this is a cool way to engage the citizens as sensors to produce an amazing geodatabase of arts around the world. And definitely, this is really gonna be useful to lots of third parties as being seen with the OSM project.
Curious?, yeah you can try it out here quickly, though still a beta version.