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You’re the Manager but I’m the Mayor: Understanding Foursquare Check-ins in Claimed Venues

Speaker  Germaine Halegoua

Affiliation  University of Wisconsin – Madison

Host  danah boyd

Duration  00:47:39

Date recorded  3 August 2011

This talk is based on a work in progress. The presentation includes preliminary findings and analysis from an ethnographic study of Foursquare users in the Boston area, focusing on their relationships with “friends” as well as “claimed venues” on Foursquare. This project aims to investigate how and why managers of Foursquare’s claimed venues and their patrons use location-based services; what relationships are forged between vendors and customers via Foursquare; how participants understand their own participation and the audiences for their actions; as well as attitudes about locational privacy and the meaning of location announcement over these networks. Some of these findings reflect information flows, practices of listening and responding, and relations of power that are relevant across other social network sites as well.

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