(First off, this is from the perspective of UX and behavior analysis)
There are a bunch of services that use platforms like twitter or facebook to publish the change of state in their own systems.
Why is it, then, that a foursquare tweet is less offensive (or more enjoyable) than a farmville post or other similar comparison? (i.e. a tweet about a high-score, new recipe, or trending topic)
Figure 1) A typical foursquare tweet:
A Friend: I'm at Your_Favorite_Sandwich_Shop (123 Main St.).
For whatever reason I actually feel kinda good when I see these. Obviously that's good for foursquare, but I'm curious about the UX. What makes this a good experience?
A few things I've considered thus far:
- Social group mentality — knowing that something is going on makes a person feel included
- Curiosity — if someone is tweeting about their location that's more significant than average.
- Experience — Perhaps I feel that I live vicariously through what I read.
(Bonus points if you can include references.)