Månadens mayor är utsedd. Den här månaden blev det Anita Veszeli från Ungern som är på tillfälligt jobbuppdrag i Sverige. Hon lär sig svenska, men intervjun nedan tar vi ändå på engelska.
Could you start by introducing yourself?
I’m coming from Hungary and working in Sweden for a year. I’ve arrived in February and will stay until the end of the year. I’m having a great time exlporing Stockholm and I’m trying to do as much as I can do in one year. I love technology and gadgets and they add a lot to my daily life. For me the best way to adapt to any new city is the combination of virtual and real life. Social media and applications can help fining activities, new friends, things to explore, but of course the „magic” will happen in real life.
Why did you start using Foursquare?
I’m a gadget girl and wanted to try out this application… Then I got addicted. First it was all about checking and competing with friends, but soon I realized it is so much more than that.
At the moment, you have 27 mayorships. Anyone of them you are more happy about?
I’m proud of all my mayorships, and trying hard to keep them :) Since I’m in Sweden I’ve lost a couple of them back in Hungary, and also in other countries but at least it shows that more people are using 4square and that makes me happy. I was in Cambodia in January for vacation and I still have 2 mayorships there. I loved that beach house and when I see that I’m still the mayor, it brings back loads of sweet memories. 16 of my mayorships are in Sweden and I’m so proud of them all. In just a little more than 3 month, I think it’s not bad at all. Last week when I went home for a short visit, I lost 3 of them and now I’m working on getting them back ;)
Are you using any other geopositioning services? Which ones?
Yes, sometimes I check in on Facebook, geopositioning is always turned on when I use the phone’s camera. When I want to let my friends know about a party or where I will be, I publish it on Forecast. Ericsson Apps shows me what applications others are using nearby me and also gives recommendations. I’ve recently started using Yelp, as a comparison to 4squre. Of course I use Google maps and navigation along with weather widgets.
Has Foursquare been helpful in your daily life, or is it just ”for fun”? Was Foursquare helpful when you moved to Sweden, when getting to know your new neighborhood?
Indeed it was. I think Foursquare is one of the most useful things you can have in a new city. Even before Sweden, when I was travelling for business or private I always “asked” Foursquare what shall I see in that city, where shall I have coffee, lunch, dinner, etc. When I arrived to Stockholm, first thing I did was to check in on Foursquare :) Then on Facebook :D Even though I’m quite confident now in Stockholm, I use Foursquare to explore more bars, restaurants coffee places, hidden things and I add them on my To-do list. And when I want to visit them, I have them prepared and the built-in Google maps app helps me finding the fastest way to get there.
I was travelling back to Budapest on May 16th, and had my transfer at Frankfurt Airport. By using Foursquare I found out that one of my college friends, who works in Zurich, is also at Frankfurt Airport heading to Budapest too. Even though we were coming from 2 different cities from 2 different airlines we could meet up for a coffee. This would never ever happen without Foursquare or at least chances would have been lot less.
Do you see any differences in Foursquare usage between Hungary and Sweden? How?
From the users point I do not see big differences, rather on personalities. Some use foursquare the same way I did when I started, just competing. Or sometimes they are really active and then not.
The difference I can see is coming from the venues. In Hungary more small businesses have specials for the 1st check in or for the mayors. Clubs use it many times for their parties and they also have special badges sometimes. When you check-in and show it to the bartender you pay 1 and get 2. This is how I unlocked the flashmob badge:)
In Stockholm I did not see that many specials and only big chains are using it. It would be nice if more of the restaurants, coffees and bars would see the potential of Foursquare and how it can support their business.
What do you think of the future of checkin services?
I think it will be the future of tourism for example, mainly when it will be combined with Augmented Reality. Many people are still cautious using check-in services, why others should see where I am, etc. I can understand their point, but I also believe that it is our decision how we use technology. It can be a great help in our daily life if we use it in a smart way.