The Story of Foursquare

Updated: April 8, 2021 Foursquare/Swarm is broken. My last check was 7am at home and all other check ins failed to work, there is very little information, I can’t download my past history. I looked for a new check in apps and could not find anything. This means it fall onto my hands to keep track of where I have been if it is significant. I will not have Swarm for check ins for vacations. I will have to take notes of things in other ways, not using an app. I am not surprised it came to this. First they fixed it so you could not buy sticker with the coins you earned for check ins. Then they removed the leader boards. But, there was no point in winning the leader boards because the coins are worthless and don’t buy anything. Then all the people who were my friends, but I did not know any of them in real life stopped using Swarm. I was down to one friend who check it a lot and one friend who only checked in now and then. I contacted support and one Twitter but they do not care nor do they even post anything about the outage. The last pinned Tweet from Foursquare was long ago, when they should pin the explanation for the outrage. I have two phone an IPhone and an Android and neither one work with Swarm. Foursquare developers fail to heed the advice and suggestions of the users. They will become extinct like the Dinosaurs. I’m surprised it lasted this long. I dislike Yelp because it too hard to log in and you can’t read reviews without logging in. I can’t stand Tripadvisor because it has too many ads and is impossible to read due to so many moving ads and distractions. But neither of these are check in apps. They are more like the New Foursquare which I also don’t have on my phone because it is useless to me and takes up space on the phone memory. I recall back in the day when Foursquare was good and I had real friends and family on it. I checked into many stores in downtown Palm Springs. This created a record of the stores, but now without being about see the check in history or download it is lost. So many cute little shop were likely wiped out to make way for some big hotels. Now downtown Palm Springs is no longer charming. I did take a lot of photos as well of that vacation in 2011.

Original article from 2019

There are many articles I can find online about Foursquare, but they were not written by people who use the app. I can tell they have a bias focus with vague predictions of profitability. Foursquare was going like gang busters in 2014. I had a number of friends who used it and even two members of my family. When Foursquare split the app into two apps, no one wanted to download use the new app called Swarm. Swarm was an extra app, and it had no reason to exist. When people refused Swarm the company decided to remove the check-ins from Foursquare and put them in Swarm forcing everyone to download Swarm. They had tons of helpful user feedback, but the refused to listen to reason. Now I have only two vague acquaintances on my Swarm, and the rest of the people I don’t know. Its not very fun to brag about all the fun places you visited if no one you know can see them. The dropping off of most everyone on Swarm upset me, and for a few years I did not use it. But I decided I liked having a memory of places I had been. For a while I only used it on vacation or only checked in when I went to a special or new place. Then I got the idea that I wanted to be tracked wherever I went, after thinking about all the missing persons cases. If I were to disappear the location tracker would mark the last place I appeared with my phone. Unless one is going to met a drug dealer there is a great benefit to a location app on one’s phone. No need to wait for a court order to open the location history if I drive off a cliff and am stuck there. I have downloaded Foursquare now, but I did not have it for a while and if I have too many apps I delete Foursquare or other less important apps.

I think Foursquare could run more ads. I never see or notice ads very much. As long as they don’t try and charge money for Swarm, I’m in. One can also check in Facebook, but that makes your feed too busy or on Twitter there is also a check in. But who is going to do that? What strangers want to know I just went to Safeway? The Yelp App is so much worse. I had the Yelp App once, but it did not work at all. I always never used Yelp anymore. I don’t want the app on my phone, and they make it very hard to log into Yelp. Most people go to the website to look for things. No one has space or time to deal with so many apps. Most people just keep a few apps that are useful on their phones.

I don’t have Facebook on my phone because it’s too big and invasive. They give out your phone number to people, and I had unwanted phone calls with the Messenger App. I use Facebook at the computer or on iPad. There used to be a button on Messenger that would get pushed and it would say “you just called so and so”, and I am like what? Facebook also now demands a phone number. I used to put in a fake number, but they all want phone verification. I have much more animosity for Facebook then Foursquare, but my friends and family are on Facebook so I am stuck with it.

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