Foursquare continues to roll out the updates. First they updated the mobile app, now they’ve added Foursquare City Pages. Using data from the 3 billion check ins Foursquare has created “city pages” for hundreds of cities worldwide. Locally they’ve created city pages for:
The pages are well put together, listing the top rated places broken down by categories of Food, Nightlife, Things to Do, and Top Sights and Landmarks. Each section is then broken down further into types of restaurants (American, Breweries) or bar (lounges, dive).
Specials and Events
Another added feature is a list of places with Foursquare specials. At a glance you see what business are offering specials in your area. Events are nicely listed underneath and it looks as if there is some integration with 3rd party software here as well.
It looks as if Foursquare is building off it’s Best of Guide from 2012. You may remember seeing the page for the Metro Detroit Area.
Not sure what the plans are for mobile as the page doesn’t seem to be optimized (responsive) for different screen sizes. In the meantime it’s perfect for travelers and first time visitors to the cities listed.
With it’s latest update Foursquare has added tap and hold check-ins to allow users to quickly check-in. With each update Foursquare looks to be working towards simplifying the check in process so you can get back to your date or night out with friends.
How it works
When you tap the check in button and see a list of places, just press and hold the place you’re at. You’ll see a green bar glide across the top of the screen and that’s it, you’re checked in. How cool is that? The instant check in.
TIP: You can also long press the blue button at the top of the screen when the app opens.
What about Photos?
For those who are a bit old-fashioned you still have the ability to check in the old way. Nothing changes here, add a photo, some text, tag your friends.
I like how Foursquare is making it easier to check in. The new feature is a great example of increasing the quality of user experience by reducing the number of steps the user is required to complete a goal.