Swarm by Foursquare
By Foursquare Labs, Inc.
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Swarm, the new app from Foursquare, is the fastest way to keep up and meet up with your friends. With Swarm, you can easily see who’s out nearby and who wants to hang out later.
- Want to meet up with friends? Quickly open up the app to see who is out nearby.
- Want to share what you’re doing? Checking in is faster and more fun than ever.
- Got an idea for something fun to do? Easily message all of your nearby friends.
Get started with Swarm now!
- A note on battery – We've spent years developing the location technology that powers Swarm, making it extremely power efficient. But, as with all apps of this type, please note that continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.
What's New in Version 2.3.1
2.3.1: This release fixes a few bugs and crashes.
Wanna see what we've been cooking up? In this release, we’ve stepped up our sticker game. For starters, all your stickers now have a new home in their very own tab. It’s a quick way to check on your progress and see hints for unlocking stickers, which will be super useful since we’ve added a ton of new ones. See how many you can unlock. And stay tuned for even more fun things coming your way soon.
This update also includes support for Apple Watch. Easily check in to places and quickly see who’s nearby. It’s the best way to keep up and meet up with friends, all from your wrist.
It's Getting Better
The original Foursquare was one of the greatest social media apps. It genuinely extended to power and personal connectivity of today's digital technology.
Sadly Foursquare destroyed all that instantly by attempting to turn Foursquare into a no interactive guide. [By the way Foursquare itself is still terrible]
Swarm was spun off to retain a tiny part of the original check-in aspect of the old Foursquare. It was terrible (one * or less) but it was literally all we had left. I kept it because it did continue to interface with Momento, a useful tool.
Slowly (and stubbornly) Foursquare began rebuilding Swarm and it has improved greatly. The history is robust, allowing tracking by friends or location. Inter connectivity with friends is excellent. Messaging, etc all are powerful additions.
Now Swarm has announced they're bringing back mayor ships. While we've not seen that yet it's a great sign! We may actually get our social app back!
Swarm still needs to bring back visibility of all Swarm members currently checked into the location you are also checked into (with their permission, of course, privacy is important). It would be especially important if the "Mayor" is currently checked in.
Finally Swarm needs to bring back the user rating of locations, restaurants, bars, etc. let us instantly see the stars *** rating and the number of reviewers. DO NOT force us to switch to Foursquare just to see the rating.
The only check in app you need!
Swarm is the only app I use to check in. It's a great app to see where your friends are which makes it easier to make plans with them. Earning the stickers is a lot of fun! It's addictive! My friends compete against me for them. Swarm is bringing back public mayorships and the point based leaderboards. They are also bringing back the badges I earned from the old Foursquare. All the place recommendations,tips and lists are on the Foursquare app. It's not hard switching between swarm and Foursquare as the apps are linked. When swarm was first released I was not happy with the app because most of the fun elements were gone. The elements of Foursquare I missed are making a comeback in swarm!! Most of the negative reviews now are really irrelevant now. Foursquare and Swarm work great together!!
Stickers on photos...
As someone with 20,000 Foursquare checkins over the last 5 years, I would like to say a few things.
I got into Foursquare for the social gaming aspect. It was so fun to check in everywhere I went and earn points, badges, and mayorships. I met friends through Foursquare and tracked my long distance family. I even became a super user to help build the amazing database of locations and information that Foursquare has become.
Fast forward to present day Swarmsquare. What do you have here? A simple app to flush the original users out of the system. The ones that created the database Foursquare is now selling to the public. All the original users lose everything they enjoyed about Foursquare and must now juggle Swarmsquare apps if they want even the slightest semblance of what used to be.
Here's what's missing:
- point system (with point leaderboard)
- mayorships (just random stickers now...woohoo!)
- venue information (other than pictures)
- check-in specials
- list of friends at their most recent location
- pictures friends post at their check-ins
- comments or "statuses" a friend posts on their checkins
- list of nearby venues when you press the checkin button
- battery life (now destroyed by Swarm, using roughly 10% a day)
0/5 stars for alienating your original customer base and losing the entire soul of Foursquare.
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- Category: Social Networking
- Updated: May 07, 2015
- Version: 2.3.1
- Size: 22.7 MB
- Apple Watch: Yes
- Languages: English, Catalan, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish
- Seller: Foursquare Labs, Inc.
- © foursquare
Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5 and iPhone 6.