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Foursquare’s Swarm Now Available on Google Play

A few weeks back, Foursquare announced that they would be breaking their application into two separate ones. Foursquare found that a lot of users hopped into its app to check where a restaurant was or to read reviews, but were not using many of the social aspects. Foursquare thought there was still value in those social pieces, so the new Swarm application was born. 

Swarm takes all of the location-sharing aspects that were present in Foursquare, then brings them over to this new app. Once logged in, you will be able to turn on location sharing to see which of the people on your friends list are near you, allowing the two of you to make plans together.

Furthermore, the app allows you to suggest things to do, then your friends can decide to say yes or no to those plans. The addition of neighborhood sharing also lets you know when a friend of yours wanders into your hood so you can meet up with them.

We know how most of our readers feel about having another social network to buy into, but if you were a fan of Foursquare’s location sharing, Swarm is definitely worth checking out.

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  • Chris

    I liked how it knew i had four square already installed and ;let me log in with no fuss.

    still not too sure about separate apps though. I already have a yelp account since 2009….

  • Are you guys (DL) aware that in your site feed, (i.e. when I read the article in my rss reader) all links lead to DL homepage and not their intended target?

  • Shane Redman

    When businesses stopped having promotional deals for checking in on 4sqr, I really stopped caring about the app itself.

    • I use it just as a social app, I enjoy seeing what my friends are up to, see tips at new restaurants, and get more down to earth reviews than what you can find online.

      • Chris

        same on yelp.

    • Chris

      a local Mexican restaurant in my area uses facebook for their deals. check in and get a free side order of freshly made guacamole.

      havn’t seen many use yelp even..

  • Jaxon Wright

    Seems interesting, but I’m still not seeing why they have to be two apps

    • Agreed, seems less people will use Foursquare to find new places if they have to leave their check-in app to find new places.

      • miri

        It seems only a small portion of users actually do both.

    • miri

      The presence of check-ins mitigate the impact of their discovery tools and considering that the vast majority of users either use one or the other (i.e. not both), there’s little reason not to split them.

      • Jaxon Wright

        makes sense