Foursquare Rolls Out Real-Time Recommendations and Reviews of Local Businesses

October 15, 2013

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Last month, location check-in service and discovery engine Foursquare announced it was going to begin pushing location-based recommendations. The app’s newest update – released late last week – is set to take these recommendations one step further.

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The updated Foursquare app now features:

  • Real-time recommendations: When a Foursquare user arrives in a venue, Foursquare will give him or her real-time recommendations on what’s great there or what people talk about the most (like a money-saving special or the most popular menu item).
  • Right now. There’s now a new Nearby button that shows users which of his or her friends are around the area.
  • Friends at a glance. Foursquare is strengthening its social networking aspect by showing each Foursquare user’s friends’ most recent check-ins, with links in their profiles for more information about the places they’ve been.

“Forget checking in,” wrote ReadWrite’s Owen Thomas, who was analyzing the new real-time recommendations of local businesses. “Now the location app is telling you what to check out. The guesswork is a product of Foursquare’s map, which adjusts itself over the course of the day to tie a user’s physical location to a nearby business…. The new recommendation feature also mines users’ tips about local businesses for the specifics of a recommendation – for example, a specific sushi roll to order at a Japanese restaurant.”

The location-based recommendations have been available to a number of Android users for some time, but the new update will now also cover a small batch of users who have Foursquare on their iPhones.

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