I joined Foursquare 2 years ago because of its efficiency as a travel guide to places (especially restaurants) I have never been to. The best thing about the app is that it create an interactive community which gives tips on activities to do and food (and other products) to buy.
For quite some time, approximately about a year (2013-2014) I was very active in Foursquare. I check in everyday in places I repeatedly went to. One very interesting feature before was the mayorship system. To become a major of a certain location, you need to have to most check-ins within 60 days. If you are the major, your name will be display alongside with the place, giving you much credibility of being an expert of the place. It is as if you own the place.
After several updates, a separate app was created to solve the problem of other users checking in on a place from another place. Well, of course, for a country like the Philippines, internet connection is a concern. The main difference about Swarm is that you cannot check in on a certain place if it is away from you.
The old Foursquare app was slowly decommissioned. It started by deleting the mayorship system. That ended my activeness in Foursquare. Now, I use swarm if I have important travels or I go to some place I can brag to my friends.
It is quite a good innovation now that Swarm revives the leaderboard system. Rewards was given in the form of coins obtained from check-in streaks, mayorships, and any ordinary check-in. In addition, those who belong to the top 3 of the leaderboard will get bonus coins.
There is no news yet how to spend the coins, but, certainly, it is not equivalent to real money. There will be in-app purchases that will customize your Swarm profile. The update is already available for iOS and Android users. The Windows Phone community might wait a little soon for updates as usual.
For now, I am ready to get back to the competition and claim that mayor title.
Credits to Foursquare Blog.
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