Foursquare eight.zero: All issues reconsidered
Who was not a cheerful camper when Foursquare instantly determined to take their self-named app, rip the enjoyable half — examine-ins — out of the app, and put it into a brand new app named Swarm? Me, that is who. It actually torqued me off that an app that I had loved for years was instantly breaking into two apps. Hell, that is virtually as dangerous as what Fb did, forcing customers to load one other app (Fb Messenger) to do one thing they’d all the time been capable of do from inside the iOS Fb app. Properly, the new Foursquare app, AKA model eight.zero, arrived as we speak, so I made a decision to take successful for the group and set up it.
The very first thing you discover is the brand new Foursquare emblem, type of a pink (er, magenta) stylized “F” — apparently meant to symbolize a pin on a map — on a background of increasing gray circles. That takes a little bit of getting used to, because the unique Foursquare branding was seared into my mind. However I can modify…
What Foursquare has finished by splitting into two apps is stored the enjoyable of checkins and social with Swarm, after which vastly improved discovery of eating places, shops, and different places with the Foursquare app. Once you hearth up Foursquare for the primary time, the app tells you that with the primary splash display. Swarm is supposed, based on that splash display, to “train” Foursquare concerning the locations you want probably the most.
A Twitter dialog revealed that some customers assume the onboarding course of for Foursquare was too lengthy and detailed. I am assuming that these individuals have been logging into Foursquare for the primary time and never earlier customers, since all I received was a couple of useful screens explaining new options earlier than being requested to do some easy configuration.
To start with, you’re requested to “faucet a couple of belongings you like”. For those who’ve been a Foursquare consumer for years like I’ve, the corporate has a whole lot of concepts about what sort of belongings you like. For me, I began by tapping on pulled pork sandwiches, steak, IPAs, bistro, bison burgers, fireplaces, burritos, fajitas, and extra. You possibly can add extra “likes” afterward, so it is not likely necessary to spend so much of time on this beginning out.
Subsequent, Foursquare comes up with close by suggestions. Not surprisingly, two locations that I take pleasure in for a very good pizza (one conventional NY type, the opposite simply plain superb), have been close to the highest of the listing. Foursquare additionally shows an inventory of locations beneficial by individuals who I comply with.
Alongside the underside of the brand new app are buttons for locating a spot, “Right here” for getting details about the place you are at and in addition shunting you to Swarm to examine in, “Ideas” from individuals you both comply with or who’ve comparable tastes, and a profile button. By the best way, whenever you’re moved over to Swarm for the examine-in, the highest of the display turns blue and shows a notification to faucet it to return to Foursquare. The 2 apps are properly built-in in that method, switching seamlessly with a faucet.
The Ideas button offers a approach to save ideas so that you simply’re reminded if you’re close to or at a spot. For instance, if I select to save lots of a tip about some good fish tacos at a smoothie place close by, each time I am close to there I will be reminded.
The Profile button exhibits what number of ideas you’ve got left, what number of followers you’ve gotten and the way many individuals you comply with, in addition to telling you ways a lot of an skilled you’re when it comes to numerous tastes by what number of ideas you’ve got left.
It doesn’t matter what display you are taking a look at, there’ll all the time be a small blue “depart a tip” button within the higher proper hand a part of the display that appears disturbingly just like the icon for Microsoft Phrase for iPad. Tapping the Foursquare button within the higher left nook of the display allows you to add tastes, comply with individuals, and in any other case personalize your Foursquare settings. Foursquare now offers an inventory of individuals you might want to comply with based mostly in your contacts, Fb associates, Twitter buddies, and Instagram buddies. It beneficial that I comply with Apple “misplaced co-founder” Ron Wayne on Foursquare…
So yeah, I am nonetheless a bit peeved that Foursquare determined to separate into two apps. However after seeing simply how rather more performance is in Foursquare eight.zero and Swarm, and the way properly the 2 apps work collectively, it is time for me to eat a little bit of crow (therefore the picture on the prime of the web page). I feel they actually did know what they have been doing. Forgive me, Foursquare, for ever doubting you!
However Fb and Fb Messenger? I am going to by no means forgive Mark Zuckerberg’s minions for splitting a wonderfully superb on the spot messaging function out of Fb … at the least this week.