Q: You guys have gained more traction than most social networks, but I still can’t help but wonder what Foursquare would feel like if I had 300 friends using the service instead of just a few dozen.
I blew through the 300 number a long time ago - I think I’m in like the 900’s now. The reason I keep doing it? It makes it better. At first I was al little hesitant - I had some bad experiences with Dodgeball with some randos showing up when I checked in. But one day I had like 70 pending friend requests on Foursquare and thought “fuck it. let’s see what happens.”
What happened was it made it better. Strangers who I didn’t know well didn’t show up at my dinner dates, but it made it easier for me to find out what was going on with some big industry event I hadn’t heard about or something.
And where it really got awesome was when you visit some random city like Richmond or Daytona or something and there’s like one friend checked in, but you don’t really know them, but you know you must like be in the same industry or something, so you Google them, and remember “oh yeah, I met them at a conference two years ago” and now suddenly a city where you knew no one now has an industry friend to go to coffee with, and that makes the whole city a million times better.
So since then, I just accept almost all comers. There’s still a bit of a spam problem, but so long as we have 2 or 3 friends in common (that aren’t rex or jason calicanis or someone else that accepts everyone too), I’ll accept the request, and it’s inevitably made things better.