“Hi, my name is Jonathan, and I am an oversharer.”

That’s probably how I’ll introduce myself when I call to order the inaugural meeting of Social Media Anonymous (“SMA”), the 12-step, self-help organization I plan need to launch for me and all the other location-obsessed citizens of the mobile/social Web.

What’s the issue? Where’s the concern? Why the intervention?

This notification I received from Foursquare says it all:There you have it. Apparently, I checked in so many times within a short while that Foursquare awarded me with its Overshare badge. In one brilliant stroke of communication, Foursquare mocked me for my check-in addiction, rewarded my obsession with (yet another) badge, and actually dared me not to brag about it!

I’m somewhat relieved to know I’m not alone in my check-in fixation. Foursquare conveniently lists my other friends who’ve also earned the Overshare badge. How very social of them.

Of course, I’m not naming names, but I know you’re out there – in NY, Chicago, DC, Paris, Berlin, Madrid — and you know who you are (BF, AR, FM, AD, BK, MC, PC, WC, CZ, SA, CH, ES, SS, GK, VL, LA).

Like they say, the first step toward solving a problem is admitting that you have one.

I think I’ve shared enough – for now.


Jonathan is a Partner and the Global Director of Ketchum Digital. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughters, and is into the social web, progressive politics, cycling, scuba diving and travel. Connect with him on Twitter — @jonathankopp — or just about any other social network.