Foursquare announced on Thursday that it’s splitting up its application into two separate apps, one will still be called Foursquare while the other will be called Swarm. The idea was to create two apps: one for exploring new areas, and one for finding your friends and getting together with them in specific areas, and to prevent Foursquare from being used as just a fancy check-in button. In fact, according to story published by The Verge, barely anyone was using Foursquare to check-in and to discover new restaurants; most only relied on the former, and then closed out.
“With Swarm, you can easily see which of your friends are out nearby, figure out who is up for grabbing a drink later, and share what you’re up to (faster and more easily than you can in Foursquare today),” the company said in a blog post. Foursquare told The Verge that Swarm is for close friends, the people who you don’t mind sharing your location data with and who you probably want to meet up with anyway. It’s set to make its debut on iOS and Android in the coming weeks, and a Windows Phone version is also in the works.
Meanwhile, the company is building a brand new version of Foursquare that will be designed around finding what you’re looking for, based on where you’ve been before and what other people like, instead of simply showing you the closest results. “We’re putting the final touches on this new, discovery-focused version of Foursquare,” the company said, noting that it will be available sometime this summer.
Foursquare is making a pretty big move, and to summarize, it’s totally revamping the application we’ve all been using since 2009, taking the social, check-in part and splitting that off into Swarm, while leaving the restaurant/point-of-interest discovery features inside of Foursquare.