foursquare doesn’t like Wales?

So I was extra busy this evening playing about on the internet and becoming very easily distracted by all things silver, yes I am a magpie (anything to avoid the hell of some more shorthand) when I saw a tweet.  I have been following @mashable for a while now so I definitely thought it was worth a look.

I followed the link to an article on CNN to an interview with Pete Cashmore who was going on about a new social networking tool, as if we don’t have enough! He, apart from being very good looking has a incredible grasp on the ways that social networking will develop and take on a life of their own.  This new tool, or plaything that we need to know about is called foursquare.

Keeping true to my curious nature off I went to have a look, but in signing up I hit the first obstacle and an appalling obstacle which has completely put me off.

Foursquare is a virtual game where players can check in at their location, and if you do it enough times you obviously become Mayor of the town. But Cardiff is not even an option! Unfortunately, us Welsh social networkers have no network, we have to be Bristolians.

This is an outrage! Surely as Cardiff is the capital of Wales it deserves its position on foursquare a tiny bit more than Bristol. After all, Birmingham and Edinburgh can have a new Mayor…

Maybe they thought Wales was a part of Manchester, as one incredibly confused Canadian once asked me.



Filed under journalism, online

2 responses to “foursquare doesn’t like Wales?

  1. DIH

    Oh dear! And just how many others in Cardiff would be interested? Remember the Facebook model was orignally just for university students and then it expanded.

    It’s a feature of Web 2.0 development (the idea of constant beta, viz. Google) that you grow slowly; you need to scale things; see how they work; obtain feedback from users on how it works, what’s missing, what’s good.

    So we turn to Foursquare. It’s based on geolocation and for that reason requires a cross-section of “types” of places to trial. If you think that Cardiff’s been over-looked, how do you feel that Glaswegians feel about their smaller neighbours being accepted, whilst they have not, and then what about if you came from Leeds (or anywhere in Yorkshire or the NE).

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