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Foursquare announces Swarm, a new app for checking-in

foursquare and swarm logosThe popular location-based networking service Foursquare, which allows users to “check-in” to venues, is getting divided into two apps, the company revealed today.

According to Foursquare, people use the service for two main purposes – keep up and meet up with their friends, and to discover great places – and to further enrich these experiences, the company has decided to unbundled these two functions into two separate apps – Foursquare and Swarm.

The key components of the existing Foursquare app are moving to the Swarm app with some new tricks and the Foursquare itself will be re-invented and appear as a venue discovery and review platform later this summer.

“Local search today is like the digital version of browsing through the Yellow Pages (remember those?). We believe local search should be personalized to your tastes and informed by the people you trust. The opinions of actual experts should matter, not just strangers. An app should be able answer questions like ‘give me a great date dinner spot’ and not just ‘tell me the nearest gas station.’ We’re right now putting the final touches on this new, discovery-focused version of Foursquare,” the company noted in a blog post.

Coming to the details of Swarm, the app will allow users to see which of their friends are out nearby, figure out who is up for meeting up later, and also share what they are up to. The app will be released for Android (and iOS) in the coming weeks. In the meantime, you can sign up at swarmapp.com to get a notification once the app is ready.

“Our company has always been about helping you keep up and meet up with their friends, and discover great places. Our two new, unbundled apps are designed to do that for everyone. Swarm is for people who want the fastest and easiest way to connect with their friends. Foursquare is for explorers who want to know about the best spots, and to share what they’ve found with others,” Foursquare noted in the blog post.

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