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Foursquare Will Display Users' Full Names By Default 101

Location services can be useful and fun, but, depending on how paranoid ("cautious") you are, you might already dislike the idea of a social-network dashboard keeping track of where you are at a given moment. After all, bad guys can use computers, too. Now, Foursquare may up your level of caution just a bit: CNET reports that "Beginning January 28, 2013, users' 'full names' will be displayed across the check-in service and venue owners will have increased access to users' check-in data, the company announced in an e-mail sent to users late last night." Users, though, "will still have control of the name displayed by altering their 'full name' in their settings," and can opt out of the increased flow of data to business owners. For users' sake, I hope Foursquare doesn't go in for the "real names" fetish to the extent that both Google and Facebook have.
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Foursquare Will Display Users' Full Names By Default

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 30, 2012 @04:40PM (#42427837)

    It's bad enough with fully, easily traceable public nicknames. The Internet has become something that I no longer want to have anything to do with. And yet there is no way to escape all this madness short of moving out to some cabin in the woods and living like a survivalist, which I really don't want.

    You really try to reach out to people, but it's always in through one ear and out the other. They don't get it. They think you are crazy. It's maddening.

    Even this site where I post this on, Slashdot, calls me an "Anonymous Coward" in an attempt to guilt-trip me into registering and logging in for anyone to track all my posts and violate my privacy.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 30, 2012 @04:40PM (#42427839)

    The whole idea of "checking in" was ridiculous to me in the first place. It immediately reminded me of the cartoon where the clever mice give the cat a bell as a gift. Why should anybody be surprised if they want to amp up the level of stupidity an extra notch?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 30, 2012 @04:42PM (#42427845)

    Customers like they do now for Yelp. Twice I've been confronted after leaving a bad review on Yelp. The last time the manager at a Jimmy Johns was able to figure out that I worked in the same building as the restaurant and talked to my boss. So now Foursquare is getting into the business of facilitating the harassment and intimidation of customers.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 30, 2012 @04:45PM (#42427875)

    Publicity. And it seems to work, there are at least two articles in the interweb, and there will be at least two more when they "graciously reverse direction"...

  • by AliasMarlowe ( 1042386 ) on Sunday December 30, 2012 @05:01PM (#42427951) Journal
    As the song goes, you ain't seen nothin' yet []. Welcome to the oppression of legitimate protest and criticism.
  • by Frosty Piss ( 770223 ) * on Sunday December 30, 2012 @05:15PM (#42428049)

    The Internet has become something that I no longer want to have anything to do with.

    Do you want the Intertubes all locked up? Or do you want them "open"?

    Because with "open" comes responsibility. YOU put stuff about YOU on a public network, YOU give private data to companies and "agree" to their "privacy" policy.

    In other words YOU are in the driver's seat about how much people on the Intertubes know about YOU.

    So take some responsibility. Your name and consumer purchasing data didn't "just show up" in some huge database for sale to the highest bidder, in fact at some point YOU checked a box or scrolled through a EULA, and clicked "continue".

    This is a side effect of being a "consumer" in a "consumer society".

  • by BitZtream ( 692029 ) on Sunday December 30, 2012 @05:20PM (#42428079)

    So did you promptly post another review pointing out what the manager did and how you recommend no one visit that store ever?

    That would have been about the best thing you could do. I realize that cutting yourself out of an in building place to eat lunch sucks, but a manager like that needs to be shit canned.

  • by Brandybuck ( 704397 ) on Sunday December 30, 2012 @05:37PM (#42428159) Homepage Journal

    If they don't want their privacy violated they shouldn't be telling the whole world what they're doing on a minute by minute basis.

  • by iamhassi ( 659463 ) on Sunday December 30, 2012 @06:09PM (#42428323) Journal
    Agreed. Foursquare is dying. Facebook allows check-ins, so no one is using foursquare. So if your website is dying how do you get some press coverage? Make an outrageous claim that you're going to publish the full names and locations of all of your customers! Instant news coverage! 3 days later, claim due to "public outcry" you're changing your mind! Instant hero and more press! Thousands of new users sign up to the website! Marketing Basics 101 right there
  • self-satisfied (Score:5, Insightful)

    by PopeRatzo ( 965947 ) on Sunday December 30, 2012 @07:10PM (#42428625) Journal

    I am really proud of the fact that I don't know what "Foursquare" is.

    I really don't need to know what all of my friends are saying and doing at all times of the day and night. Shit, life is too short.

    I wonder how many twenty-somethings are going to hit 40 and realize that they spent more time updating their social networks than actually doing something.

  • by ColdWetDog ( 752185 ) on Sunday December 30, 2012 @08:24PM (#42429031) Homepage

    Foursquare, dying?

    Do you have anything to back this up?

    The enduring tendency of the human mind to hope for a good outcome.

The last thing one knows in constructing a work is what to put first. -- Blaise Pascal