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Foursquare-Style Checking In For Couch Potatoes 86

This CNN article discusses a new breed of mobile "check-in" apps for people who aren't particularly mobile. The news apps were borne from the popularity of Foursquare, Gowalla, and Facebook Places, but instead of focusing on locations you've been, they spotlight movies and TV shows you watch, as well as books you read and video games you play. "These apps let users earn virtual rewards and meet fans with similar interests. Users also can push their check-ins to other sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, to keep the conversation going. They each have their own benefits on top of that, from giving users recommendations based on the things they already like to letting them unlock videos and other extras when they've become 'super fans' of a show. ... While people in the United States may all have different hobbies and engage in different activities away from home, 'we know most people do three things — they eat, they sleep and they watch TV,' [Miso's CEO, Somrat Niyogi said.] 'We think the market is massive. We think this is going to be a much bigger market' than location-based apps, he added."
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Foursquare-Style Checking In For Couch Potatoes

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  • Huh? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by mark72005 ( 1233572 ) on Monday August 23, 2010 @07:00PM (#33348592)
    If you never get off the couch, why do you need a mobile app?
    • Re: (Score:1, Offtopic)

      Because who uses a couch and a desktop?

      Also, all the big Apps now-a-days start in the Apple Store and work their way to the Mac and PC Via Facebook. I know, its like the flow of time is reversed, but you'll be used to it in about negative 2 weeks.

    • by Daetrin ( 576516 )
      If you want a serious answer, there are two reasons (at least for the case of GetGlue, don't know about the other two sites mentioned in the article.)

      1: There are a lot of times where you will be doing something you might want to check-in for when you're not around a computer (or not around a computer you can use for that purpose.) Seeing a new movie in the theatre is an obvious case, but there are others. That's a pretty good reason to have an app.

      2: There are some stickers that you can only get by che
    • If you never get off the couch, why do you need a mobile app?

      Even people who stay inside have to be trendy. Ride that wave of mobile goodness, buy that iPhone/Android and sit in the couch lovingly stoking that touchscreen all day long.

      Now, without leaving the couch to fetch your laptop you can ...

      • check up on what people you'll never meet are doing
      • check your e-mail to see if someone sent you a mail, over and over hoping that someone eventually will
      • cancel appointments that require you to leave the couch
      • order food online and mail them that the door is open
      • play videogam
  • by Anonymous Coward

    ... all the way to the bank.

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by Yvan256 ( 722131 )

      ... and bankers are laughing while sitting on the couch in their office. Eating potato chips.

      And that's where that expression comes from.

  • by caffeinemessiah ( 918089 ) on Monday August 23, 2010 @07:05PM (#33348644) Journal
    ...allow me to plug my own banal "checkin" service, based on things "most people do"...

    FourGoHookupPlaces: for telling your friends when and who you procreate with! BONUS: use your iphone's built-in accelerometer to compute your "performance", and try to best your friends! Become the virtual "mayor" of PEOPLE! Make lovemaking an ONLINE social game!

  • GetGlue is great (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Daetrin ( 576516 ) on Monday August 23, 2010 @07:12PM (#33348714)
    I've been using GetGlue for a couple months and am still in love with it (unlike my fling with FourSquare that mostly died out after a few weeks.) Not only is GetGlue a lot more tailored for my geeky interests than FourSquare, it's nice to be able to check into stuff without worry about the frickin GPS coordinates being off and it claiming i'm not within 200 meters when i'm standing right inside the venue =P

    Of course on the downside that means that there are a number of people on GetGlue who will check into anything and everything as frequently as possible just in order to accumulate stickers/badges/achievements. Personally i only check into stuff that i'm actually doing and the people who've accumulated hundreds of stickers, thousands of "friends", and tens of thousands of "liked" things can irk me a bit, but i try and just remind myself that it's not actually a contest, despite what some of them seem to think. I'd rather have my stickers and "likes" reflect who i actually am, rather than how obsessively i can click on links.

    Perhaps i should check out the other sites mentioned in the article, though i'm not sure if i'd want to maintain a presence on more than one such site. Checking-in when i start watching a show or playing a game or reading a book isn't too bad, but having to do so at two or three different sites might start to get a bit cumbersome.
  • by John Hasler ( 414242 ) on Monday August 23, 2010 @07:16PM (#33348762) Homepage

    ...they eat, they sleep and they shit. So where is the mobile app where one can "like" Charmin? Surely that'd reach an even bigger demographic than TV!

  • Awesomes! (Score:4, Insightful)

    by countSudoku() ( 1047544 ) on Monday August 23, 2010 @07:17PM (#33348772) Homepage

    Does this work with Friendster and myspace?

    This ushers in a whole new golden era of pointless web apps that makes me wonder how much information stupid people are willing to share without their knowledge. Incredibly there is no limit.

    • by Yvan256 ( 722131 )

      Can someone write an app that links every app to each other, in a huge pointless loop that feeds information to itself?

      • Can someone write an app that links every app to each other, in a huge pointless loop that feeds information to itself?

        I "see" your one App and "raise" you one web search :)

        Apparently Google's search results in your things like your|your neighbors name being available to spyware-spreaders or online data miners like and "spokes" who clone your info. To incite you to pay to find "full" details, they feed it location data like age, hometown and last few different addresses [public USA records can be a pest to hide]. Some sites link google search visitors to "top search results for [your search string]" where you go in

  • ...existence. Call it Second Existence. Maybe there is something more more catchy you could call it.
  • by Locke2005 ( 849178 ) on Monday August 23, 2010 @07:23PM (#33348834)
    I'm going to create a social network that links one person up with another based on similarities between their porn downloads! Just one problem... what should I call it?
  • /. - Check
  • This sounds like a grindathon mmo in the form of a social networking app.

  • Every one of us who visits this web site does at least one thing that is not in that list "Eat, Sleep, Watch TV"

    We Read/Post things on Slashdot.

    • Every one of us who visits this web site does at least one thing that is not in that list "Eat, Sleep, Watch TV"

      Every one of us who is alive does at least one thing that is not in that list "Eat, Sleep, Watch TV".

      • by mysidia ( 191772 )

        Oh right... I forgot to mention I don't ever Watch TV, and as a software engineer, I hardly ever get to sleep.

  • by pspahn ( 1175617 ) on Monday August 23, 2010 @07:50PM (#33349070)

    In these days when the economy is in rough shape, unemployment is high, and jobs aren't easy to come by, where are people getting all this time to do this stuff?

    Personally, between work, school, and girlfriend, I am often at a crossroads where I must only choose two of the three. Girlfriend has been in Norway for over two weeks, and school doesn't start until the 30th, so I've just had work and I still only manage to pull about 50 hours a week. It seems to me there are lot of people who are lucky and have enough free time, or there are a lot of people slacking off in other areas of their life. Hell, it took me 30 minutes just to find a parking spot when I got home at midnight last night.

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      unemployment is high, and jobs aren't easy to come by

      doesn't that say it all?

      plus you got time to post on /.

    • by Yvan256 ( 722131 )

      Hell, it took me 30 minutes just to find a parking spot when I got home at midnight last night.

      Buy a Hummer.

    • It's because the economy is shit that I have free time and a need to find stuff to do in the city for free. If I can only get 20 hours of work in a week, might as well try to salvage it for fun instead of crying over the life I used to have.
    • Only 50 hours?
      It looks like you are the one doing something wrong.
      And half an hour to find a parking spot? No thanks, I'd rather walk that 30 minutes to the next train station. It is healthier that way.

      • by pspahn ( 1175617 )

        Well since the GF is out of town I figured I would log some overtime while she's gone. I do have school to pay for, not to mention the (hush hush) ring I'm saving up for.

        And yea, I would love to take a train, unfortunately I live in the city and work in the country. At least I commute against the grain, as it takes only about 35 minutes to drive there while those going the opposite direction are taking at least an hour.

        It's the price you pay for living in the city. On the bright side, I am a five minute w

  • As hard as it is to use the term 'Paradigm Engineering' with a straight face, isn't it way past the time when somebody started working on a system that ISN'T just about mapping, tracking, categorising, labelling and snooping on people for the benefit of the first bunch of market researchers to reach your door waving a billion-dollar cheque?

    What's next? 'The Dollhouse' by 2015?

    I swear, I'm going to have to start investing in tinfoil hats soon.

  • I actually designed and coded a website like this - but there is a lot more potential to gain from item based sites than location based achievements. For me, it serves as a database of all the films and TV shows I've seen - so I didn't forget specific reasons for liking/hating a movie. I can also check in an instant whether I've seen something, rather than having to read through a description or watch a trailer. The equivalent to the Twitter/Facebook updates from my site would be Yelp reviews posted to yo

  • Actually, something like this would actually make Twitter and Facebook on the Xbox 360 useful. Just as long as it doesn't do something like the pre-release version of Uncharted 2 was doing - automatically tweeting way too much. Maybe sending a status update when you unlock an achievement would be a nice feature.
  • We think the market is massive.

    100% right! []

  • "— they eat, they sleep and they watch TV,' [Miso's CEO, Somrat Niyogi said.] 'We think the market is massive."

    Possible translation? "lolfat"
  • "Soulskill just checked in on 4chan's /b/ board."

  • ...and that's that there is already way too much useless information being shared as it is. Pardon me for being crass, but who gives a shit that you're sitting on your ass eating a sandwich watching Jersey Shore or something?? It's bad enough to wade through the drivel to try to find something you actually want to know on blogs, Facebook, or other social networks. Do we really need to know every minute detail of everybody's life all the time?

Never buy what you do not want because it is cheap; it will be dear to you. -- Thomas Jefferson