Starting January 28, 2013, Foursquare will display entire names on their site as opposed to only the first name and the initial of the last name, which is how it shows names right now. Foursquare decided to make this change after receiving several complaints from users who found this feature confusing. The post notes that users are not required to use their real names and can change their names using privacy settings.
Foursquare is changing!
“In the original versions of Foursquare, these distinctions made sense,” Foursquare explained in an e-mail it sent out to its users. “But we get e-mails every day saying that it's now confusing.”
Foursquare has made it possible for users to opt out of business owners being able to see their full names. Users can also opt out of the ‘Here Now’ feature, through which friends can see if you are checked in to a particular venue.
Earlier this month, Instagram explained the changes it was about to make to the service for the first time since Facebook bought it over for $1 billion. Thanks to the ‘confusing language’ used in the post, users were led to believe that Instagram would now own their images and could sell them or use them in advertisements.
Even though co-founder Kevin Systrom hastily issued an apology and rolled back Instagram’s Terms of Services to the ones in effect since 2010, it was hardly a consolation for enraged users. Although Foursquare’s proposed changes could raise a few privacy concerns, the ease and delicacy with which the service has introduced them could just make users embrace them.