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Everyone seems to want to play Foursquare in their own little way... Thankfully, most people are at least somewhat on the same page. There are others, however, that seem to want to do things... a little differently. These are just a few things that bother me about people using Foursquare (no, it's not about Indonesians!)... all just personal opinion though. We are still allowed to have those... right?

Highways and roads... We get it. You're in traffic. It sucks. It's like a parking lot (or not). But checking into the highway you're currently on is not only dangerous (hello? you're DRIVING!) but it's just lame.

Your desk... Or other unnecessarily specific venue within another venue that you created just so you could have another mayorship. Beds, couches, hot tubs... I've seen them all. You're dumb. Just stop.

On the tarmac... Again, we get it, you're on a plane, going somewhere. But sitting on a plane, waiting to take off is not an excuse to create yet another venue and check in. So unless you're connecting up to some GoGo Wifi to get your Mile High badge... just turn your electronic devices off and prepare for takeoff like you're supposed to.

Cities or towns... I still don't even understand this one. At least the Highway/Traffic check-ins have their own category. If you're trying to check into a city to show people where you are, do you not realize that checking into ANY OTHER VENUE will do that based on the very nature of Foursquare?

Seats on a plane... What's that? Your seat is Trending Now? Is there a party up in this bitch or what?! For real... it's one thing to check-in at an airport. And the ticket counter. And security. And a terminal. And a gate. And a flight number. And then a seat? Really? How granular do people need to get? What are the chances that you or anyone will ever get that same seat on the same flight again and think to check into it? Zilch... is my guess.

Other people's genitals or orifices... Believe it or not, this happens. A lot. Or at least more than it should. I don't understand this one though, really. What kind of mindset do you need to be in to think it is cool to check into someone's vagina? At least the tip would be easy... "Make sure you wrap it up!"

I could go on, but it's not like any of it will matter anyway. With the exception of the last one, most of these things are still considered "legitimate" venues as far as Foursquare is officially concerned. Though if anything, they're legitimate in that they've not been declared against the rules (like I said, the Highway/Traffic one has its own legit category!).

So check-in where ever you want to check in to... but try to at least do it with some common sense. It's a game, sure... but can we try to play like adults?

2 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Where You Should Not Be Checking In”

  • Robert Aitchison

    November 19, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Preach on brother!

  • Dean T.

    December 3, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Couldn’t agree more. But we stand alone on this. The admins fully support just about any venue that doesn’t have foul language in the title. Remember, these are the people that we had to be to let us start merging individual movie theater and stadium seats, but they stand firm that the movie screen within the theater, or the section within the stadium, are both still valid.

    People are dumb. Plain and simple. We’ve seen it all (or so we think), but people will continue being dumb until Foursquare locks it down with rules. Some people think that would ruin the website, I say it would drastically improve it.