Foursquare is refocusing their flagship app with an emphasis on discovery

Foursquare is refocusing their flagship app with an emphasis on discovery

Foursquare announced plans to release a new design for its popular local search app for iPhone in the near future, along with word that it will permanently move its check-in feature to its recently launched Swarm app on Thursday.

The new design for the Foursquare app has been designed to look slightly different for each user. Foursquare states:

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.

The new version has also been made to work with Foursquare's Swarm app. A check-in button will appear inside the new app if Swarm is also installed on the device. Speaking of Swarm, Foursquare has confirmed it will officially move all check-ins to that app starting on Thursday, adding, "Don't worry; all your past check-ins, all your friends, all your photos, they're all automatically in Swarm.

Finally, the new Foursquare app will also get a new logo, replacing the current one that looks like a check-in checkmark. The company says, "We designed it to be a mix of map pin and superhero emblem. We've always thought of Foursquare as giving you superpowers to explore your city, and our new logo reflects that vision."

What do you think about these changes that Foursquare is bringing to its app in the next few weeks and do you like or dislike its new super hero logo?

Source: Foursquare blog

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Foursquare is refocusing their flagship app with an emphasis on discovery


I really am looking forward to seeing the refreshed version of the app. They've been advertising it for so long, it's about time they put all of their 5 billion check in data to use! The new version looks and sounds like it will offer a much more personalised search experience and I think that will be awesome. Tips, recommendations and photo's look more polished and neat in the new app. If they make the process of checking into a place whilst on foursquare seamless with swarm, then they should help. I feel bad that Swarm has received such negative feedback.

I am NOT looking forward to this app, as they will remove check-ins and force you over to Swarm for that. I WILL NOT be using Swarm. Foursquare has plenty of space as 1 app on my screen, not 2; and I do not want a separate check-in app, let alone one that uses GPS all the time to drain your battery.

Foursquare WILL lose a lot of my traffic, if they remove check-ins from their main app.

I'm not a fan of Swarm at all. I didn't like the idea from the outset but I gave it a try and I can't think of one thing about it that I prefer to the traditional Foursquare app. I respect Foursquare's decision to grow as a company but I'm not sure of the point of trying to become a Yelp replacement. I have Yelp on my phone and haven't opened it more than 5 times in the last year or two. Foursquare I use daily, including for exploration. Works great how it is.

Don't understand the concept behind Mayorships being held only among friends. If you move to a new town and don't have many/any friends who use Foursquare in the new town I guess you're just the Mayor of every single place you go. Seems odd and counter-productive.

Would hate to end my use of Foursquare going forward but it looks like that may be my best alternative.

Who remembers Gowalla? Great app, fantastic design, then killed off by developers who removed all the great elements that made the app great. Foursquare are following that disasterous plan. I've stopped using the service altogether ( and I was a super user which tells you how much I used it!)

I think this is the biggest mistake Foursquare is doing. Why have two apps? Doesn't make any sense to me what so ever. And I am pretty sure the majority of people will agree.

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Seems to be just another way to have 2 apps draining your battery. No thank you, I hate how everything seems to be going this way. First Facebook and now Four Square. It's a sad state of affairs, almost as bad as in app purchases.

Here's my letter:

I am a Superuser 2 and was an avid Foursquare user. I had a huge passion for editing and helping out the Bali venues. I went far and wide that I even called up the venues to correct information.

I used the app to check-in so that my friends know where I am. I also loved that I had the ability to search up different venues, which also helped me discover places I’ve never visited before. The badges and points encouraged me to use the app even more, it was fun! I also loved for the fact that you could compete against the person who visited a venue the most and claim mayorship for yourself.

It made me visit many different venues and became a frequent customer of that venue. I was happy that 4SQ had the ability to check in and discover all in one app.

Every time I visit a venue, I always ask the staff for accurate info and even ask for a business card. This change and total ignorance from the 4SQ management is preposterous.

I feel used and kicked in the mouth that 4SQ will not listen to a single feedback from anyone. I will no longer look at Foursquare the same way again.

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