Foursquare splits app into two and launches Swarm

Apps

Following the footsteps of rival Facebook, social networking firm Foursquare has created a “nearby friends” app of its own called “Swarm”. This new app will be available for download to users of Android and iOS devices in the next few weeks. Users of Windows devices will receive the app for download after a few more days.

Foursquare, which is a location-sharing app company, has so far focused on users “checking in” to sites but with “Swarm” it seems that the company is planning to make the app more personal.

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.

The two apps have been built to work seamlessly together and we can’t wait until both apps are in your hands, Foursquare said in its Swarm app announcement on its blog. As with Google’s new Google Docs, Google Slides, and Google Sheets and Facebook’s recent decision to separate texting capabilities from its Facebook app and place them all in Facebook Messenger, the question becomes: “What are the benefits of Foursquare’s decision?” and it seems that the answer is “private app space.”

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