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Foursquare Migrating Check-ins to Swarm Tomorrow, Reveals New Logo and App

Checking in with Foursquare is about to become a whole lot more personal, for better or worse. Foursquare is finally delivering what it promised in May, migrating check-ins to Swarm and revamping the Foursquare app with recommendation-powered search.

Swarm, if you will recall, is the app that shows you where your Foursquare friends are. It’s meant to facilitate social sharing and meetups, which the company said the Foursquare app was impeding. If you already use Foursquare, there’s no need to sign up for Swarm – accounts are unified.

More intriguing is the newly redesigned Foursquare, which in the company’s words, is a “personalized local search” engine. In addition to seamlessly integrating Swarm, the app will leverage manually entered preferences plus past check-ins and history to serve you recommendations for places nearby.

Lastly, Foursquare is getting a new logo, for which the inspiration was “a mix of map pin and superhero emblem.” Expect it to debut with the new app.

Swarm is a free download on Google Play. The ETA of the new Foursquare app is “soon.”


Via: Foursquare
  • bosrs1

    So they remove the fun unique portions of Foursquare and they’re left with… Yelp. Sorry no thanks. And Swarm isn’t even a decent approximation of what they just ripped out of the original Foursquare app. On the plus side I’ve now got more room to download new apps into my phone since I’ve deleted both Swarm and Foursquare.

  • Cesar

    So now I’m going to need a separate app to check in with Foursquare? Pass. I’ve hardly been using it recently anyway.

  • Chippah

    This is still a thing?

    • yes it is and I have more than 500 friends who use it

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  • Tiuri Elvander

    I hope this fails soooo hard!!!

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  • Gfame103

    Best app for checking in and remembering places. Better than yelp, google maps, Zagat and everything else in the playstore. Looking forward to the new update.

  • Hothfox

    I keep Swarm around because I like to check into places and I have subscribed to the RSS created by my checkins in my calendar, so my checkins show as events in Google Calendar. It’s nice to be able to keep track of where I went and what I did on a certain day. I like data, mostly.

    I’ll try the new Foursquare app, but if it doesn’t offer anything useful to me that Google Maps doesn’t, I won’t keep it around.

    • dmclone

      Can you describe how you do this?

      • dmclone

        Never mind, I figured it out. Good tip.

  • Lucky Armpit

    Yet another app that makes me wonder what the big deal is about social media.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    Foursquare, just another utter waste of time social platform. No logo can fix that fact.

    • Do you ever go someplace new? It’s a great app to find new places, read reviews, see tips, etc. when you go someplace new. MUCH better than Google Maps reviews, if there even are any for the place you’re looking at.

    • With Foursquare I have discovered so may cool places to eat and hang out. It certainly is worth the time.

  • miri

    I like it quite a lot, but I can’t see this going over well… At all.

    • Tiuri Elvander

      It’s not, just read the recent reviews on both the Apple and the Google store

  • Silver Veloz

    I’ve been contemplating exiting from Foursquare. Yes, I still use it, and it’s given me some great deals. The best was 20% off our check at a restaurant. We’ll see how long I last, since this integration with Swarm.

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  • Blue Sun

    I’m not impressed.

  • crazed_z06

    People still use foursquare?

    • Droid Ronin

      I use Yelp to check-in to places. Same kinda thing where you can get deals, become duke of a place, etc.

      • FortitudineVincimus

        “become duke of a place” – that is so, so pathetically sad that people value attaining a stupid title like that.

        • Chris

          You’ll get over it

    • EricMayBell

      My ten closest friends and I use it everyday. It’s a fun way to recommend places to each other while also keeping up in a non intrusive way. It will be sad to see that aspect gone but I’m openminded for this new direction.

    • Nope. I actually use Swarm now 😉

    • scastro87

      I use it to keep track/remember where I’ve been. It’s also pretty good at recommending places.

      • Raven

        This is exactly why I use it as well. Especially when I go on a trip, I like checking into all of the new places I have been. One time they even sent me an email saying “Welcome back from your trip!” with a complete timeline of everywhere that I had checked in while I was gone. I thought this was very cool. But, I do not have a single actual “friend” in Foursquare, nor do I care to. These latest changes have really disappointed me. I wish that Google had never ended its auto-checkin service. I still think that was the best implementation. Well, off to find something else I guess.

        • scastro87

          Yeah I have a really bad memory so if I ever want to remember the name of a place I went a year or two ago I just check back on 4square.

    • Chris

      Yes….. If they didn’t the service would have been shut down. Just cuz you don’t use something doesn’t mean others do