Foursquare and the parochialization of public space

  • Lee Humphreys
  • Tony Liao

Abstract

The mobile social network Foursquare has gained popularity in the last few years among both users and businesses. This article explores how the use of Foursquare changes and impacts people’s sense of place. Drawing on the work of Lofland (1998) on the social production of space, we argue that as new socio–spatial information (i.e., who checks in where) is introduced via the mobile social network, it can change the way people experience a place. Based on qualitative in–depth interviews with active Foursquare users, we explore person–to–person and person–to–place connections and argue that Foursquare promotes parochialization of public space.

Author Biographies

Lee Humphreys
Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Cornell University
Tony Liao
Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Communication at Cornell University
Published
2013-11-27
How to Cite
Humphreys, L., & Liao, T. (2013). Foursquare and the parochialization of public space. First Monday, 18(11). https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v18i11.4966