Can you see me now? Location, visibility and the management of impressions on foursquare

Shion Guha, Jeremy P Birnholtz

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Abstract

Location based social networking applications enable people to share their location with friends for social purposes by "checking in" to places they visit. Prior research suggests that both privacy and impression management motivate location disclosure concerns. In this interview study of foursquare users, we explore the ways people think about location sharing and its effects on impression management and formation. Results indicate that location-sharing decisions depend on the perceived visibility of the check-in, blur boundaries between public and private venues, and can initiate tensions within the foursquare friend network. We introduce the concept of "check-in transience" to explain factors contributing to impression management and argue that sharing location is often used as a signaling strategy to achieve social objectives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMobileHCI 2013 - Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services
Pages183-192
Number of pages10
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 16 2013
Event15th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, MobileHCI 2013 - Munich, Germany
Duration: Aug 27 2013Aug 30 2013

Other

Other15th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, MobileHCI 2013
CountryGermany
CityMunich
Period8/27/138/30/13

Keywords

  • check-in
  • foursquare
  • impression management
  • visibility

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Software

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    Guha, S., & Birnholtz, J. P. (2013). Can you see me now? Location, visibility and the management of impressions on foursquare. In MobileHCI 2013 - Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (pp. 183-192) https://doi.org/10.1145/2493190.2493209