1. iMore.com's Avatar


    App sprawl is becoming a thing. This evening I opened Foursquare to check into a great new local restaurant I went to, hit the big, honking check it button, and was told to download Swarm. It wasn't an ad. It wasn't something I could dismiss or get around and go on about my check it business. It was an eviction notice telling me my check-ins within the Foursquare app itself were no longer welcome. I'm sure it's been like that for a while. I almost exclusively use Foursquare when I travel and I haven't traveled since June. Rather than download Swarm, however, I deleted Foursquare. So, now that Facebook is evicting instant message, will that be next?

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    07-31-2014 09:50 PM
  2. Garz's Avatar
    Its because your not a power user. If you just use the app when you travel, it's not the same. I've been a power user of Foursquare since it first released. I didn't download Swarm until I was forced to but I had no problem doing it once I was required.
    08-01-2014 12:17 AM
  3. ajl's Avatar
    Its because your not a power user. If you just use the app when you travel, it's not the same. I've been a power user of Foursquare since it first released. I didn't download Swarm until I was forced to but I had no problem doing it once I was required.
    I don't enjoy using Swarm at all. Very inconvenient having two apps that do virtually the same thing.


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    08-01-2014 05:35 AM
  4. Phazenine's Avatar
    Agreed, when I got the download swarm to check in notification I deleted my Foursquare account & the app. from my devices. It's an epic #fail on foursquare's part being a long time user of the app. Hopefully they get it together
    08-01-2014 02:20 PM
  5. PlaidHatter's Avatar
    The new version of Foursquare that makes it work in tandem with Swarm is coming out next week. I'd recommend that you try it then. They won't do the same things then. I really hated the idea of the split at first, but their latest blog entry has me interested now.
    08-01-2014 09:14 PM
  6. ajl's Avatar
    The new version of Foursquare that makes it work in tandem with Swarm is coming out next week. I'd recommend that you try it then. They won't do the same things then. I really hated the idea of the split at first, but their latest blog entry has me interested now.
    Don't they already work together..?
    08-01-2014 10:15 PM
  7. Garz's Avatar
    I don't enjoy using Swarm at all. Very inconvenient having two apps that do virtually the same thing.


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    Who said you need two apps? I only have swarm installed. Your making a bigger deal out of this than needed.
    08-02-2014 12:07 PM
  8. ajl's Avatar
    Who said you need two apps? I only have swarm installed. Your making a bigger deal out of this than needed.
    I didn't mean to stir an attitude.. I use Foursquare for check ins, as well as checking out places (a yelp-esque feature). Swarm is for meeting up with friends and checking in to places, exclusively.

    I like looking at tips, and reviews on restaurants when I make a trip to the city. I don't believe I'm making a big deal out of this, but maybe that's just me?

    I'm glad you're enjoying Swarm though.


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    08-02-2014 01:42 PM
  9. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    Who said you need two apps? I only have swarm installed. Your making a bigger deal out of this than needed.
    Not really.

    Foursquare offered elements to a check in app that Swarm does not...including the competitive "mayorship" feature, "achievement" style trophies and a much more appealing UI (this being a pretty heavily opinionated reasoning). I used Foursquare for years...and then I was forced to use Swarm instead, and simply deleted Foursquare. I'm not using Swarm...it doesn't replicate Foursquare, it's a streamlined version of the previous app...with more focus on broadcasts and social planning.

    I downloaded Swarm to look at it and deleted it within a couple of days. I feel they ruined a perfectly good app for no legitimate reason that I have been able to find online...and there's zero chance of me using two apps to gain the function I once had with one (and did so effortlessly for years).

    Maybe I'm old fashioned...but this would be like having Comcast/Dish/AT&T switch to a box for programming and a totally different box you had to access to read descriptions on their programming guide. Makes no sense...
    08-03-2014 10:22 PM
  10. ajl's Avatar
    Not really.

    Foursquare offered elements to a check in app that Swarm does not...including the competitive "mayorship" feature, "achievement" style trophies and a much more appealing UI (this being a pretty heavily opinionated reasoning). I used Foursquare for years...and then I was forced to use Swarm instead, and simply deleted Foursquare. I'm not using Swarm...it doesn't replicate Foursquare, it's a streamlined version of the previous app...with more focus on broadcasts and social planning.

    I downloaded Swarm to look at it and deleted it within a couple of days. I feel they ruined a perfectly good app for no legitimate reason that I have been able to find online...and there's zero chance of me using two apps to gain the function I once had with one (and did so effortlessly for years).

    Maybe I'm old fashioned...but this would be like having Comcast/Dish/AT&T switch to a box for programming and a totally different box you had to access to read descriptions on their programming guide. Makes no sense...
    I cannot agree with this post any more. I've been a loyal Foursquare user for around 2 years now, with around 4,000 check ins. Not only did I like using the app for it's improved Yelp-like features. But more than that, I loved the competitive edge put on check ins with Mayorships. It made the app fun for me to use.

    Personally, none of my friends use Foursquare. So this whole idea for Swarm, making it easier to connect with friends is just a horrible choice in my eyes. I have deleted Swarm, and continue to use the Foursquare app to leave tips, and check nearby restaurants. But I'll never be able to use it, the way I once loved.
    08-03-2014 10:39 PM

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