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Foursquare 3.0 Overhaul Released: New Leaderboards, “Explore” Tab, and Specials

Social check-in apps are doing their best to take over the universe and whether you are into them or not, it’s hard to deny their popularity.  Foursquare (personal fav) received an update last night that took it from “This is a fun and addicting little app” to “Damn you! I better go check-in somewhere now!”  They introduced new leaderboards that allow you to crush your friends in bar-hopping competitions, an “Explore” tab that can recommend a new sushi joint, and more convenient “specials” searching for your area.  

New “Explore” Tab

The suggestions are based on a little bit of everything – the places you’ve been, the places your friends have visited, your loyalty to your favorite places, the categories and types of places you gravitate towards, what’s popular with other users, the day of the week, places with great tips, the time of day, and so on. We’ll even tell you why we think you should visit a certain place (e.g. popular with friends, similar to your favorite spots).

Friend Leaderboards

You’ll see that we’ve replaced our old leaderboard (and its simple points system and Sunday night reset) with a sliding 7-day barometer of you and your friends. Check-ins now trigger points for dozens of different types of actions – everything from discovering new places, trying new types of restaurants, visiting new cities, getting groups together, hanging out with old friends, and a few things you might not expect.

New Specials Info

So, later this week, we’re rolling out six new types of foursquare Specials for merchants. Business will now be able to offer Specials to swarms, groups of friends, regulars, newbies, Mayors, or simply to everyone. And, on the Places screen in the app, you’ll now see a list of all the Specials nearby, so it’s easier to find places that reward foursquare users.

Via:  Foursquare Blog

  • Anonymous

    I like Yelp better. More privacy.

  • Rogue_5

    I like the specials and explore tab, it makes it easier for me to find good and new stuff.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000930969653 Kimberly Degener

    Im over 4sq. Theyre revamping because it was a short lived popular app – with fb check ins i dont bother with foursquare & mayorships etc..

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PP2KC2NKYXJ5AUNAJWRZTBRPUA Matty G

    I’m not into the whole having to tell everyone where I am deal, but for those who are this seems pretty legit. Love the idea that you can now out bar-hop your friends, but all I see on my Facebook are people who use to places app to tell me they got into bed. Thanks I wasn’t going to sleep unless I knew that.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PP2KC2NKYXJ5AUNAJWRZTBRPUA Matty G

    I’m not into the whole having to tell everyone where I am deal, but for those who are this seems pretty legit. Love the idea that you can now out bar-hop your friends, but all I see on my Facebook are people who use to places app to tell me they got into bed. Thanks I wasn’t going to sleep unless I knew that.

  • The350zWolf

    Hah, “…allow you to crush your friends in bar-hopping competitions…” I’m up for that! :^) Been out of the bar/ club scene for quite a while, but I wouldn’t mind some friendly competition in this sport!

  • http://twitter.com/Smooth918 Smooth

    I actually like this app, although just the other day I lost a Mayoral-ship at one of my breakfast spot, I’ll get it back though…

  • http://twitter.com/JayGmarK MarkJay Acosta

    Is it possible to stalk Droid-Life?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=761227657 Chelsea Owen- Kraft

    EPIC cant wait to crush my friend

  • DBK

    Stalkers of the world, REJOICE!!!! :P