Locative mobile media and time: Foursquare and technological memory

Michael Saker, Leighton Evans

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Foursquare is a location-based social network (LBSN) that can be used to explore locations and mark one's movements in the form of ‘check-ins'. This paper investigates why some Foursquare users are choosing to record their locational past, and in so doing using it as a ‘mediated memory object' (Dijck, 2009). The paper explores the different ways users then interact with their preserved spatial pasts, owing to Foursquare's mode of preservation. A close engagement with phenomenological theory on the importance of engagement with technology and technicity as a shaping force on the experience of time conceptualises the use of Foursquare as a memory object. The functionality of Foursquare is positioned as a key element in how the location-based social network is significantly different from older memory related practices, as well as signalling its importance for the individuals that employ Foursquare in this manner.
Original languageEnglish
JournalFirst Monday
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2016

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© 2016, Michael Saker and Leighton Evans.


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