FourSquare on the iPhone has been updated to FourSquare 5.0. The changes include a updated UI, more maps, and more info about where you might like to visit around you. While I have yet to test the depth of the suggestions, the talk is that they are based on your likes and check ins. FourSquare is leaning more toward letting you know what is near you that you may find interesting, moving away from it being an app for showing everyone where your checking in at. Checking in got old for a lot of people after time as Businesses where not jumping in with discounts or promotions for those checking in, thus it became just a tool for folks to watch where you are at and have been. Time will tell if the new direction for FourSquare will be enough different from Yelp or other location information apps on the iPhone.
As a reminder, here is a couple screen shots of the previous version showing what you and your friends have been up to as well the check in screen… basically a list of places around you.
Checking into a location is now done through a ‘drop pin’ icon in the upper right corner of the screens within FourSquare 5.0, no longer an extra button along the bottom of the page. Taping the icon will result in a list of locations your near as well a map to see where those places around you are.
Suggestions in FourSquare has an updated view of the list of nearby locations as well a nicely pinned map to tap for more info and directions.
Viewing a person’s (including yours) overview is much easier to use. The earlier version had you tapping on list items that opened new lists, the buttons still require tapping but having all of the information on a single view through graphic buttons makes FourSquare 5.0 quick to navigate. A big win for regular users.
Oh yea, the Map to the Stars feature… For multiple reasons, many people check in at home. Some folks do it to let family and friends know they are home, others do it so they can get points and be ‘mayor’ of a location. Below is a view of a individual’s information page. While connecting with Friends require you ask and get accepted to share, many stars and well know industry people allow anyone to follow their check-ins. Like below, if they check-in at home, they mark the address as ‘Private’. Above every checking now is a map, like before, FourSquare 5.0 doesn’t show the address number to locations marked as private. [I blurred out the street names below, that is not a feature of the app].
If you want to find the ‘Private’ address though, just tap on the pin and you will be taken to the map app. Ask it for directions from your location to the Pin. While it still won’t tell you the address number, the directions do take you to the exact lot location. This morning, a quick search found a few Tech big names have removed their home check-ins already. Thanks FourSquare 5.0, now I know where to have lunch, either at a Diner that matches my likes or if my favorite movie star is hanging out at their place. Kidding aside, please use the app responsibly and respect people’s privacy!