Foursquare Is Freezing All Mayorships In Preparation For Swarm.
Seems some unfortunate news has been announce by Foursquare, as it’ll be shutting down badges and service-wide mayorships along with it.
With the launching of Foursquare’s new check-in application Swarm nears, the company has recently revealed new details the future of many of its most popular features. As part of this move to split into two, Foursqaure plans to replace its badges, which where little digital trophies which rewarded users for new checkins, with stickers.
According to Foursquares announcement on this recent move:
In the new Swarm, we built a bunch of stickers you can attach to your check-ins to quickly express how you feel or what you’re doing. (Don’t worry, they’re all free!) We’ll give you a few to start off with and, as you go out and explore the world, you’ll unlock more based on the places you visit. (Hint: try checking in at lots of different types of places to unlock new ones!)
Mayorship is also going out of function for the time being, with the feature being frozen within the Foursquare application. According to sources Foursquare says Swarm will introduced a new mayorship feature which only allows user to compete with their friends, “instead of all 50,000,000 people who are on Foursquare.”
Foursquare further elaborated by stating:
With these new mayorships, if you and a couple friends have been checking in to a place, the person who has been there the most lately gets a crown sticker. So you and your friends can compete for the mayorship of your favorite bar, without having to worry about the guy who is there every. single. day. Mayors 2.0 means that places can have many different mayors, one for each circle of friends, instead of just a single mayor at each place.
With that said, the new mayorships feature downplays the concept to simple sticker. While it’s always just been a fun spirited game mechanic, for some users, service-wide mayorships served as badges of honor, and contributed to the attraction of the application.