Apparently I’ll Never Be a SuperFan of GetGlue

GetGlue, what is your friggin problem?

OK, here’s another social networking app.  Like Foursquare or Untappd, it let’s you check-in to certain things.  Instead of places or beers though, this one is geared toward what movies or TV shows you’re watching, what you’re reading or the music you’re listening to.  There’s even a ‘topics’ tab when you opt to check-in, so I guess you can even check-in to whatever it is you’re talking about right now.

GetGlue Topics

Please pay attention to me, I’m talking about kittens doing cute things.

Just keep in mind, no one cares.

I don’t use Foursquare so people know where I am or think I’m cool because I’m at Gordon’s again.  I’m probably going to start checking-in privately simply because people know where I am and that’s creepy.  I do it for my own amusement.  And the badges.  That goes mostly for Untappd as well, and in GetGlue you earn stickers.  If you earn enough, you can actually request physical stickers and they’ll send them to you.  I’m still deciding which ones to put on my drinking helmet, but that decision should be made shortly.

I don’t know why, but I enjoy seeing where I’ve been, what I’ve been drinking or watching or reading.  Maybe it’s the stats your check-ins offer; I like stats, I like the break down of what nights I’m more likely to go out, or how many places in one night out I’m likely to go to, how many new places as opposed to the same old same old comfort spots.  Its mostly the same olds, but once in a while, you know?

Now I’m getting off topic here by going on about Foursquare, but I think everyone’s more familiar with that than Untappd and GetGlue.  Most will also say they’re all stupid, and you’re right, they are. 

Meh.  That’s what I say to that.  GetGlue reminds me I’m not reading enough and I’m watching too much TV and that I need to branch out a little more in what music I listen to.  I have over 60gb of music right now and after reordering the list of tracks based on plays, I realize I’ve only listened to about a third of it, less if you disregard things I’ve only listened to once.

In addition to being a complete waste of time and arguably, an exercise in vanity above all else, I like to think these apps help put things in perspective.  Reminds me I need to branch out a little bit.  Good for you.

But let’s get back to the point: GetGlue, what is your friggin problem?

When you first check into a TV show, let’s say I started watching ‘Midsomer Murders,’ which I would because its awesome.  I check-in, I like it, and then you tell me to keep checking-in to become a fan.  After five check-ins you should get a fan sticker for that show.  After that when you check-in, it’ll tell you how many check-ins you are from becoming a superfan.  Thing is, I watch that shit count down when I mainline a TV show, like I did with ‘Lost’ when I watched the entire series in less than two weeks.  That superfan doesn’t show up.  5, 4, 3, 2, 1, nothing.  And then nothing.  And more nothing.

Instead of a countdown it changes to ‘keep checking-in to earn the ‘SuperFan.’  And still nothing.  Either don’t give me a countdown or give me my damn sticker.  I don’t understand.  You know how many check-ins I need, I know how many check-ins I need.  I’m watching the shows, I’m checking-in, why won’t this work?

Hogwash.  That’s what this is.  I did find this message board post, but I’d already written all this before I did, so I’m going to just disregard all ten minutes I’ve worked on it, just because this explains it.  I suppose it makes sense .  I tend to check-in towards the end of the episode, so they’re evenly spaced at about the episode length; the fifteen minutes doesn’t matter.  That three check-ins a day though? 

F that noise.  If I want to watch an entire season of ‘Warehouse 13’ in one day, I damn well better get credit for it.  I want my ‘Warehouse’ superfan sticker, GetGlue.  This is horseshit.

About mattS

Couch potato, burrito aficionado, whiskey sour drinker, handyman, writer of interesting things.

Posted on September 4, 2012, in Books, Personal, Rant, Things I Come Up With When I'm Drunk, TV & Movies and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

    • I don’t understand ‘Branch Out.’ Isn’t that just Linked In but on Facebook? There’s a quote about it being the first professional networking–Linked In started seven years before it. I don’t understand.. I just don’t understand


  1. I don’t use ‘Branch Out’ – but if I get any clear explanations of it, I will let you know.


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