We get it... you don't want to play foursquare like everyone else. But STOP HARASSING LEGITIMATE USERS FOR BADGES.

I have a Fitbit. It's awesome. Part of the reason I got it (well, really, just the final deciding factor that pushed me over the edge) is that it will link with my foursquare account and potentially earn badges.

Today I earned my 20K Step Day badge (after a LONG day at the Vintage Grand Prix followed by a 3 mile run at the gym). And just in the last couple hours I've been asked TWICE by 2 different Indonesians on Twitter for me to unlock the badge for them.

Short answer: NO.

Longer answer: HELL NO.

Then I looked back through these two user's tweets... they're harassing other users to unlock the badge for them too!

One of them has tweeted 29 times in the last week to a collection of 4 or 5 people to get them to unlock the badge - 12 of those to the same person! WTF? The other guy didn't look as bad at first... but going back a bit, he was tweeting to 10 different people (multiple times) between just a couple days.

Ya, this may not seem like anything big... and it really isn't... but it agitates the shit out of me. Considering the way Indonesians "play" foursquare to begin with (which is to say they cheat), that's annoying enough - but it doesn't really bother anyone else. When you start involving other people and essentially spamming them (I'd consider 10+ tweets to the same person in a couple days spam), then it's a bigger problem.

To review: jumping to unlock badges = fine. Annoying... but not hurting anyone. Spamming other users on Twitter to get them to unlock for you = BAD.


ONE COMMENT ON THIS POST To “Seriously Indonesia, Knock it Off”

  • Robert Aitchison

    September 9, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    wow so that is what I have to look forward to when I start unlocking the fitbit badges?

    I’d probably report them for spam to both twitter and to @4sqsupport