You may think you know Foursquare, but even if you do, you don’t. Foursquare has been completely revamped with version 8.0.

Gone are Checkins (those are now part of Swarm, which is a completely separate app). What Foursquare has become is primarily a food and drink recommendations app based on your tastes, moods, and cravings. You wouldn’t be wrong if you likened it to Yelp.

The new Foursquare is like a trusted friend—it learns your preferences, offering up suggestions based on those preferences, and never judging you.

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The new Foursquare app is available for both iOS and Android, and is simple to set up on your phone. Once you go through the signup process (which you can connect to existing social media accounts such as Facebook if you prefer), you get asked about things you like.

As you select each Taste, it will turn pink. The app considers all your Tastes when making suggestions, as well as places you’ve checked in (if you choose to also use Swarm). 

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According to The Verge, both Foursquare and Swarm rely on their Pilgrim tracking engine to keep tabs on your location—even when you don’t have either app open. That allows Foursquare to take your tastes and match them up with the millions of tips it’s received so far, so it can notify you when you’re near something that you should probably check out.

Similar to Yelp, if you have Foursquare friends, those friends’ Tips show up first in results for any place that you decide to investigate further. You can also still simply look up places by name to find location information and tips, but using Foursquare 8.0 for suggestions is what sets it apart.

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Additionally, you can become an “Expert” in certain categories once more Foursquare users like the Tips you leave. That means when someone checks out your profile, they can see areas where you have expertise, and weight your opinion accordingly. (Note: First We Feast is currently an expert in a few key areas including breweries, burgers, and ice cream. You can check out our page here.)

The thing is, anyone can write reviews. This is the app for you if you don’t have time to read through long-ass reviews and just want to get to the good stuff, while maybe discovering some new spots along the way that you’ll probably love.

As long as enough people are into Foursquare 8.0, and the community keeps growing, this could soon become one of the most useful apps on your phone.

[via The Verge, TechCrunch]

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