The NEW Foursquare - Finding places you’ll love!
The all new Foursquare app is with us. I gave it a spin while on holiday to find places to visit and found the new Foursquare very useful indeed.
This is how Foursquare talked about the new app a week or so before it arrived;
"No two people view the world exactly the same, so no two people will have the same experience with the app. Once you teach Foursquare a couple things about you – add tastes, follow experts, or even just walk around for a few days – the app will be 100% yours"
"This is the beginning of the ‘personalized local search’ future, with all tips, check-ins, photos layered on top of that"
- Team Foursquare
On the Foursquare web site it shows these 6 categories:
On the app I noticed that “Entertainment” has been replaced by “Fun” and “Outdoors” was replaced by “Sights”.
Setting up the new Foursquare app.
Foursquare has said that the new app learns what you like, but during set up you will be asked questions that will give it a great start for feeding you with suggestions.
The first few screens asks you what you like. The choices vary from food to activities. I went through 6-8 screens of choices to select keywords.
The app will immediately start suggesting to you great nearby places.
You can always come back and personalize the new Foursquare app at any time by tapping the Foursquare “F” logo in the top left corner. You can add tastes, follow people, search for a person and connect up other apps like Twitter, Instagram, Facebook etc. There are also suggestions of who to follow that includes companies like Starbucks, The Fast Company, etc.
Now you are good to go!
The Swarm app.
The Swarm app is now the partner app for Foursquare type check-ins. If you are using Foursquare and want to check-in, you will be directed to the Swarm app to do so.
Reviews and tips for the places you have been to.
One of the main aspects that the Foursquare app needs is our collective reviews and tips. I decided to give the new app a whirl. The previous night I had checked-in via the Swarm partner app into the Cafe Ingles restaurant in Silves, Portugal. Now I will leave a review and a tip for it using the new Foursquare app.
The other questions I was asked ranged from did I like it, what was good there (food choices), was it good for late nights, and was it cosy, which it was! I also entered a tip using my Instagram photo of my starter choice:
Finding new places to visit.
This will be the most useful part of the app for most people, and the app really feels great for this, now that all the activity around check-ins have been to the partner Swarm app. You can now use Foursquare for great ideas of where to go even if you never intend to check-in.
The first icon on the navigation bar in the bottom left corner is for “find a place”. This is a good place to start searching using the categories I mentioned earlier.
The map icon in the top right corner can be clicked to view all the suggested places on a map view. Here is a screenshot of a map view with filters applied in my search request;
You can also find places near you by using the next option on the navigation menu, “here”.
I want to make a special mention for the search filters. Foursquare have spent some time making these really easy to use. There are many simple choices to get going to tune your search:
Here is an example of the “features” and “categories” filters in use..
What can you do with a Foursquare location.
Once you have found a place, you can look at the ratings and view the all the tips. For this location, it highly suggests being in the front row ;-)
Click the large photo to view all the photos submitted by previous Foursquare users. You can view the rating (based on Foursquare ratings based on people’s tips from 1-10) and there is a rate button so that you can add your own feedback. You can view the map by clicking the map icon. You can save the location and share it too. Sharing can be to your contacts or to the social networks you have connected up. You can also share by SMS. If you click the drive icon, a map view opens up and gives you a choice of Apple maps or Google maps to get directions. A neat function. Pity it could not list my own installed choice of app for routing, but never mind.
I really like this update by Foursquare. Separating the check-in functionality into the Swarm app has allowed the Foursquare app to focus on delivering an experience designed around you and your preferences. The filters allow you to search for a location based on many factors like budget, distance, features, and category matches like shops, and fine tuned aspects like if it has live music or if it is suitable for romance! How could you not give the new Foursquare app a try? let me know what you think about it.
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