Foursquare Rolls Out Swarm, An App Just For Check-ins, & Shifts Focus to Search.
The location-based networking service known as Foursquare, which allows users to “check-in” to venues, shall be dividing into two application, the company announced today.
According to Foursquare, people use this service for two main purposes, in order to catch up and meet up with their friends, and to discover some amazing places, and to further improve these experiences, the company has decided to break apart these two separate applications, Foursquare and Swarm.
The main features of the currently existing Foursquare application are transferring over to the Swarm application with some new features and the Foursquare itself shall be re-vamped an appear as a venue discovery and review platform later this summer.
“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. The opinions of actual experts should matter, not just strangers. An app should be able answer questions like ‘give me a great date dinner spot’ and not just ‘tell me the nearest gas station.’ We’re right now putting the final touches on this new, discovery-focused version of Foursquare,” the company noted in a blog post.
Meanwhile, the details of the Swarm, the application will allow user to see which of their friends are locate nearby, figure out who is up for meeting up later, and also sharing what there current status are. The application shall be released for Android and iOS sometime in the coming weeks. During the meantime, users can sign up at swarmapp.com to get a notification once the application has been released.
“Our company has always been about helping you keep up and meet up with their friends, and discover great places. Our two new, unbundled apps are designed to do that for everyone. Swarm is for people who want the fastest and easiest way to connect with their friends. Foursquare is for explorers who want to know about the best spots, and to share what they’ve found with others,” Foursquare noted in the blog post.