Foursquare is making a move to divide its main application into two separate experiences for users – the main being your usual check-in app that Foursquare has been since the beginning, along with a new app called Swarm.
When you are out at a dinner and have finished up, you are ready to see what your friends are up to. To help with the process, the company is readying a standalone app, Swarm, which will show you where your friends are when they have checked in at a location.
To sum up the experience in one sentence, this is what Foursquare states in its press release.
With Swarm, you can easily see which of your friends are out nearby, figure out who is up for grabbing a drink later, and share what you’re up to (faster and more easily than you can in Foursquare today).
The Foursquare app is also set to receive a major update later this summer, one which should revamp the entire platform on which it was constructed. As of right now, Foursquare allows for searches within the app that show lists of recommended places around you. Going forward, the company wants to deliver a more personalized experience.
In the near future, the Foursquare app is also going to go through a metamorphosis. Local search today is like the digital version of browsing through the Yellow Pages (remember those?). We believe local search should be personalized to your tastes and informed by the people you trust. We’re right now putting the final touches on this new, discovery-focused version of Foursquare. It’ll be polished and ready for you later this summer.
Swarm is not quite live yet, but we will be sure to update you when it is available.