Monthly Archive for April, 2010

Non-​​Roman Venue Names in Foursquare

FoursquareFoursquare clearly wasn’t de­signed to be used world­wide, but it is be­ing used world­wide. This cre­ates a lan­guage con­sis­tency prob­lem when adding venues. Places like China, Japan, and Korea use non-​​Roman char­ac­ters which are for the most part un­in­tel­li­gi­ble to for­eign­ers (tourists and ex­pats), so of­ten­times you’ll see sep­a­rate en­tries for the same venue – one in English, and one in the lo­cal language.