While I started using Foursquare the day it came out (actually, a bit before as I wrote about its launch back in 2009
) and its spiritual predecessor, Dodgeball
, before that, my own use case definitely shifted from social to journal as time went on. Once the check-in portion split
from the app and became Swarm, I knew a bunch of people who stopped using that aspect (many simply wanted the recommendations which were now served up by the new Foursquare app), but I kept going. Now I feel very good
about that, as the new Swarm has validated my usage
I find it far more valuable, far more often than you might imagine to have a tool to look up where I’ve been. One recent example: the other day, I was at a bar in an area of San Francisco that I haven’t been to in a while and I wondered how long it had been since I’d been there. I checked in on Swarm and I had the answer: 6 years. A nice moment of nostalgia.
The next step I would love to see Foursquare/Swarm take is to allow me to quickly select a few places I’ve checked into and save them to a list (a feature of Foursquare) to send them to people. I can’t tell you how many times Megan
and I still do this for recommendations – and it’s still almost always over email. In 2017. Madness.
While I’m asking: also please give us lists that two or more people can contribute to! :)