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 1.8
- "When in use" mode for location services
- Crash fixes
I really wanted to like it
Foursquare became the king back around in 2010 when they managed to defeat Gowalla as the king of the "social checkin" app. Swarm gets it wrong in a few ways in my opinion that the original Foursquare had it right.
1. Foursquare was originally a great way to see what people thought of different places, along with your friend's input as well as a battle for the mayorship of a building, restaurant, park, etc. Swarm does away with this entirely and just says, who cares, you're only interested in seeing where your friends are. Foursquare decided that instead of having one app that does everything, it should split it entirely and halfway cripple it in the process.
They've ripped the main fun of the app (for me) out of the app by removing Mayorships, which I always wanted to compete for.
2. The always on functionality. While a fun concept, it ends up seemingly being a battery drain by occasionally refreshing where you are.
3. The two app split for half functionality in each - why not just make it still be in one app for everything?
Overall, Swarm is not the best choice for 4sq to have taken, and I feel has hindered the app. I've given up using it in recent months and am looking for an alternative that is more close to the original.
Farewell, 4sq and Swarm
Well I am raising my rating from 1 star to 3 stars because they fixed the Location Services setting to allow “While In Use” - about time! But I still can’t get over the terrible decision they made to split Swarm off from Foursquare. 90% of the time I check in on Swarm, I have to open it in Foursquare to read the tips, look at the pictures, etc. It just doesn’t make any sense to dilute the Foursquare brand with Swarm. Everyone knew what Foursquare was, and they used it. No one uses Swarm because it’s yet another app they have to download. I wish things could go back to the way they were and just have Foursquare for checkins and browsing venues. Sadly, I think Swarm was the nail in the Foursquare coffin.
A good example of poor vision
Yeah, it's a good example of how you take a good and popular product (the original version of FourSquare) and replace it with a useless garbage. I used to like the original FS for the reviews and lists of places I could make that was very handy while traveling. Now the lists are inaccessible on smartphones and most of the reviews are old and written during the period of the original FS. The new version might be useful for teenagers trying to find a company or date, but not as a useful storage of information. I'm still checking in, out of habit, but will leave this app soon, along with many other people who used to visit interesting places and write great reviews, instead of making checkins like"My comfy bed" which are prevalent now...
- Category: Social Networking
- Updated: Jan 23, 2015
- Version: 1.8
- Size: 15.9 MB
- 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.