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Graham Hills

Online Travel Professional, Jakarta/Singapore

Jakarta most popular airport outside US on Foursquare

Posted on | November 18, 2011 | No Comments

I’ve been talking a lot lately about the popularity of social networks in Indonesia and the rise in checkin based services such as Koprol and Foursquare. Indonesian people are largely glued to their devices whether they’re stuck in the ‘macet’ (traffic jam), ‘nongkrong di cafe’ (hanging out in a cafe) or at work so it’s no surprise that they’re checking in to let their friends know where they are and earning themselves ‘status’ at the same time.

My ex Yahoo! colleague, Dave Chalklen, now at Vocanic wrote an excellent article recently titled ‘Putting the Social back in Indonesia’s media‘ that really highlights what’s going on in the country. His reflections on the market really highlight the current trends and some of the psychology behind them.

Further supporting the popularity and adoption of Foursquare in Indonesia is a recent post from Jaunted.com showing the most popular airports based on Foursquare checkins. No surprise that Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport tops the list of airports outside of the US.

Being a frequent traveller to Indonesia I can also tell you that after checking in at Jakarta airport there really isn’t much else to do! Thankfully there’s word of some major redevelopments happening over the next couple of years! Until then it’s foot reflexology and a beer or two at the Pura Indah Lounge for me!