I decided that in 2011 I am going to conduct an experiment in location-based entropy. That is, I am no longer going to update my Gowalla and Foursquare accounts and have already removed the apps from my phone.
I currently have 15 Foursquare mayorships (several of them in other countries!) – let’s see how long it takes for someone to ‘oust’ me from all of those locations. I didn’t use Gowalla as much, largely due to its clunky interface and lack of any real incentives so I have no ground to give there.
Foursquare is growing rapidly, but I have not found any real value in continuing to participate. I have also noticed that with Foursquare becoming more popular, a lot of locations have employees as the ‘mayor’ – not exactly what was intended, I am sure. In fact, Foursquare recently provided the means for owners of locations to kick employee ‘mayors’ out so that actual customers have a shot.