With the new version released last week, foursquare now shares a lot more information with Facebook. In addition to the old check-ins, mayorships and badges, foursquare now shares your lists, tips, saves and likes — using a single one-size-fits-all connection.
The new additions — if enabled — appear on your Facebook timeline and in friends’ news feeds as you add them, much like the Pinterest or 500 px apps. Some actions, such as likes, are aggregated together in a single box, while tips appear individually.
Users are given an option to enable these new features the first time they run foursquare 5.0 (or they can be activated from foursquare’s settings on the website or in the app). A single option controls everything — including badges, mayorships, tips, likes, etc. — so there’s no way to turn some off and leave others on.
If you’re active on foursquare, this could easily lead to oversharing with your friends. I forgot about the new option and visited my Facebook timeline to find a string of five foursquare tips in a row that were posted there. It added a lot of unnecessary clutter to my timeline and could have annoyed my friends. (Note: these were created from the website; the apps seem to still honor your preferences for individual tips)
The way foursquare handles check-ins pushed to Facebook has also changed. There’s (thankfully) no longer an option that defaults to sharing with Facebook (or Twitter), so users will need to check the Facebook or Twitter boxes for each individual check-in.
This should reduce the number of people who leave that turned on and annoy their friends and followers. UPDATE: I stand corrected. When you choose to share with Facebook or Twitter, it stays on until you turn it off.
These new sharing “options” are good for foursquare since they help to introduce more Facebook users to foursquare’s features, but I’d really like to see more fine-grained control of what’s shared so I don’t fill Facebook with things that were better left in the context of foursquare.
What do you think of the changes?