Foursquare 2.0 responds to Facebook Places with to dos, tips, and embeddable buttons
iPhone refresh rolls out, Android and BlackBerry to follow
While it might be easy to check-in via Facebook's mobile apps, there's certainly not as many incentives to do so no mayorships, no badges, no rewards.
As such, Foursquare's decision to refresh its set up rather than reinvent the wheel is advisable, with version 2.0 pushing forward both to dos and tips for venues on the app's database.
Tips for the tops
Both features which were available in previous versions, albeit not quite as prominently are self explanatory, with users able to add locations to their to do lists to remind them to visit in the future, as well as offering up any vital knowledge they might have about each venue in the tips section.
"Our thinking is that by making it easier to access your to do list, Foursquare will be better at helping you remember all the interesting things you want to experience nearby," Foursquare says on its blog.
"We're already finding that this simple change turns Foursquare into more than than just a tool for keeping track of where you've been, but into something that keeps track of all the places you want to go and the things you want to experience."
Hitting the web
Such a goal links nicely with the one new feature included as part of Foursquare re-jig although it's not included in the app itself.
Rather, new 'add to my Foursquare' buttons are set to start appearing all over the web. Businesses are able to embed said buttons into their webspace, with Foursquare then adding the venue in question to a user's to do list once clicked.
"You dont always learn about new places from your friends, you may have read a review of someplace in the paper," the blog adds.
"Since there hasnt been a good way of remembering a review when youre nearby, we've rolled out a new embeddable 'Add to my Foursquare' button, which connects what you find on the web with your Foursquare to do List - it's like Instapaper, but for things to experience in the real world."
Foursquare 2.0 has already rolled out on iPhone, with Android and BlackBerry updates set to launch in the coming days.