If you’re one of the 40 million people who use Foursquare, then this should be of interest to you. If you regularly check-in to your favourite bars, coffee houses, shops or gym then you’ll also know where your Foursquare friends go, but what do the places you frequent say about you and your personality?
The team at the Cardiff University School of Computer Science & Informatics in the UK have merged the data you create using Foursquare with a personality assessment so you can compare your personality with people who also visit the same places. The 4sqPersonality tool measures the ‘big five’ personality dimensions of extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism and openness through a short questionnaire. Once you have your levels for each dimension, you can take a look at all the places you’ve checked-in and see how you compare to the average personality of the people who also visit the same place.
At the moment this is still a test version but I hope the team at Cardiff continue to expand the idea even further. Presently you can only see the personalities of people for places you have already checked into, more useful would be to see the places I haven’t discovered yet which align with my personality or even get automatic suggestions on places to go based on my personality data.
Take a look and see if the places you visit are full of likeminded souls.
You can also follow the creator of 4sqPersonality on Twitter @martinjc