I have said it once and I will say it again, Foursquare will not survive this year (yes, 2010). I know that anyone who loves Foursquare will completely disagree with me and they would probably be smart to do so given that there are only a couple of months left this year. However, beyond the outage that the blogger I am linking to below speaks about:
- Remember Facebook Places? Turns out that Facebook was granted a fairly broad patent covering Location-Based Social Networks And Checkins . The announcement today means that they could effectively shut down Foursquare, GoWalla, and others that are in this space.
- Foursquare is still tiny. As of the end of August they had reached 3 million users. Even if we assume they have now grown to 4 million users, which I doubt, they are less than 1% of the size of Facebook.
- Foursquare still does not have its services business in order. From personal experience I can tell you that as recently as September 27th I requested a Foursquare Special for CityCamp Boston, deciding to try to give Foursquare a shot for this event. As of now (8+ days later) I can tell you I have not heard a single word (email, phone call, smoke signal, or carrier pigeon) from Foursquare.
Take my advice. If you are not yet on Foursquare, don’t bother.
This post on their recent outage is to blame for me writing this anti-Foursquare post. Please send all complaints to that author.
- Foursquare Is Down… Yes, Again (mashable.com)
- Foursquare Promises Better Service, Then Goes Down Again (observer.com)
- Foursquare outage caused by rogue server (cnn.com)
- Foursquare outage still not explained (cnn.com)
- Foursquare explains yesterday’s downtime, launches new status website (thenextweb.com)