Author Archives: Jill Kurtz

I Just Quit FourSquare

foursquareI was a FourSquare addict – checking in everywhere, collecting badges and mayorships as a cheap thrill. I posted photos and tips. That all ended last week.

I got an email from FourSquare that I had to read a few times to understand. Apparently the check in is no longer wanted there – that’s now happening at a new app called Swarm. The message said this transition was going on for some time, but I am a pretty avid FourSquare user (read addict) and it was news to me.

Anyway, what got really confusing is that although my ability to check in on FourSquare was being shut off, the new FourSquare isn’t yet ready to be used. Even today, at the website it says:

A brand new Foursquare, with a brand new logo and look, is almost ready for you.

My response? I deleted the app from my phone. Bye-bye mayorships and badges.

For what its worth, here’s my list of the communication mistakes made:

  • Sending an active user a message that was pretty complicated and that did not give much warning of a major change.
  • Cutting off functionality with nothing to replace it and offering no value proposition. If I can’t check in why use a basically disabled app?
  • Sending a message that made me feel that I was not the power-user I thought I was — it told me that I was way behind the (Swarm) curve. I didn’t like the feeling of suddenly being behind the times.

So, while I take some time to wallow in a little FourSquare pity, please share your FourSquare/Swarm experiences here.

Which Social Sites Drive the Most Web Traffic?

measurementA new report from Shareaholic, which sources data from a network of roughly 300,000 opt-in Web sites, reports the following data on the percentage of overall traffic, including direct traffic, social referrals, organic search, and paid search that social sites receive:

  • YouTube, Google+, LinkedIn, and Reddit each site saw its share of Web traffic referrals decline over the past year. The share of visits in June 2014 for YouTube, Google+ and LinkedIn were 0.06%, 0.06% and 0.02%, respectively.
  • YouTube and LinkedIn each saw its share plunge over the past year, shrinking 82.66% (0.29 percentage points) and 77.43% (0.05 percentage points), respectively.
  • Google+ flost 19.81% (0.02 percentage points) of its share of traffic year-over-year.
  • Social media remains a key driver of Web traffic. The eight largest sources of social referrals drove 31.07% of overall traffic sites received last month — nearly double the 15.55% of traffic driven during the same period last year.
  • Facebook now drives nearly a quarter (23.39%) of overall traffic to sites. Over the last year, its share of traffic is up 150.49% (14.05 percentage points) from 9.34% in June 2013.

Use Google+


Google Plus is one of the many services you get when you sign up for a Google account. It is widely believed that using Google+ will give you a boost on Google search rankings.

Here’s what you need to do.

  • Inside Google Plus, set up your profile with pictures, info, etc.
  • Add people into your circles. On Facebook you have “friends” on Twitter and Instagram you have “followers” and on Google Plus, you have “circles.” When people are in your circles, you  get updates from them when they post anything.  If they add you to their circles, than they’ll receive information from you.
  • Post content. Whenever you post anything to public, this means anyone can see it. If you hash-tag your post with a topic than people who are looking for information on that topic can potentially see your post.

Share your tips here for getting the most from Google+.