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Magellan on Foursquare
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Planning and Media Design.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesisAlternative title
Magellan on Foursquare (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

The paper explores the rise of digital cartography and subsequently location-based services, using Foursquare as case study. In fact, the rise of smartphones and wireless technologies have made Internet ubiquitous and online services accessible from anywhere. In this context, I address the changes in carthography and how it has been remediated on digital media. I then analyze some of the developments brought by the Web 2.0 in relation to location-based services, especially user-generated content, social networking websites, tagging and geotagging. Foursquare's content is created by its users, therefore enabling them to map the(ir) world. Foursquare remediates maps and travel guides, and it uses game dynamics to foster usage and sharing. The concept of online identity-building will be also addressed in relation to the sharing of one's location and how these factors enhance performative aspects. I conclude by investigating how the geotagging tendency on social networking platforms could be as well seen as a tool for enhancing user-generated surveillance.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 27 p.
Keyword [en]
Web 2.0, User-generated Content, Remediation, Folksonomy, Foursquare, Google Maps, Cartography, Geotagging, Rhizome, Identity, Performance, Surveillance
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Sociology Human Computer Interaction Media and Communications
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-4277Local ID: diva2:831607
Available from: 2015-04-22 Created: 2012-02-13 Last updated: 2015-06-30Bibliographically approved

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