Everyone who pretended to like me is gone: some thoughts on Swarm and Foursquare


  • JB

    Is this the world we live in now?…where we all have to passive aggressively brag where we’re at, at any point in the day?…via facebook, instagram, and foursquare!?

    Seriously where are our priorities, what happened to being direct and telling a REAL friend where we are are because we want them to come hang. I dont know if “Swarm” is doing well or not, but I can tell you I hope it dies….its a stupid app for passive aggressive bragging hipsters just like Foursquare is used….stupid app for the self absorbed.

    PS. That IOS7 reception bar is the ugliest thing ever created lol.

    • 5Gs

      Lol! if you think deep which most of us don’t. We are becoming robots. Even when people meet. What they are actually doing these days. They are on the phone discussing how they are having so much fun where they are while posting pictures but to be honest with you. They are not having fun. They are just there posting pictures of what they imagine to be fun lol

  • IanDickson

    When swarm came along, I’ve kind of lost interest in checking in for the most part. Plus, facebook has a check-in section, but really…not sure if I even want to use that.

  • mrideas

    Was also a loyal foursquarer until Swarm. I hated it. I actually liked the mayorships and the competition around it. Was a fun distraction and let friends know where I was. Hated Swarm. It’s ‘diet’ foursquare with none of the fun elements. I used it for a couple of days and gave up was a poor implementation. Even posting to twitter it included more of it’s hyperlink than my tweet. The remaining four square app didn’t seem to serve a purpose so I sadly deleted both. Classic case of trying to do more but poorly implementing in IMHO.

    • mrideas

      Yes did the same. I had a bunch of mayorships too. Was a super disappointing change IMHO. Plus I really didn’t see the need for another ‘yelp’ when yelp already was well established. Like trying to poorly copy an app that was already well executed.

    • Erin Willmann

      Same 🙁 When I open foursquare, it automatically prompts me to download swarm. Even after I download swarm and go back to foursquare, I wasn’t able to use it anymore because of the swarm pop up. I just deleted both.

    • Ryan Mallon

      I agree, it has been a disappointment. I used to “check in” everywhere, and now I only have about 5 friends who even use Swarm. It’s inaccurate and difficult to search. And as for the “improved” Foursquare, I have no use for a local recommendation app. If I wanted Yelp, I’d use Yelp.

  • Tyler Hardeman

    I’ve used swarm every day since it came out and it has never even appeared in my list, which means it’s been below 2%. I guess your mileage my vary but maybe give it another try.

  • Tyler Hardeman

    The thing that makes swarm is the fact that you can optionally turn on the “always on” tracking. This means that while it won’t give a pinpoint location, it’ll always display a general location of a person who has it on like “downtown” or “[neighborhood name].” By making it a more passive experience you can take some of the work from it. I can choose to check in to any specific place, but if I don’t or I forget at least there’s a general location.

    Now the trick will be how many people who still use foursquare actually migrate over when forced to when the Fourquare app changes and removes the check-in. I personally don’t see it happening even though I’d like it to.

    IS the tracking creepy? There’s an argument that sure it is. But it’s opt in and you can turn it on or off at will, which is the right way to do it. And in all honesty if someone really wanted to find out where I am or lived there are other, more accurate (if maybe more tedious) ways of doing it, so it doesn’t really bother me.

  • John Miguel Lopes Vieira

    The Foursquare app on Blackberry 10 was really excellent. Worked well, looked good. Really an example for devs.

    But Foursquare decided not to release swarm as a native app for BB10. I COULD run the android version, but I don’t want to. I want that native experience.

    So since Foursquare stopped supporting me I will have to stop supporting them.

    • Tyler Hardeman

      And then what happens in the fall when The Amazon app store becomes the BB10 app store and every app will be as you say “not native” ?

    • John Miguel Lopes Vieira

      I will continue to not use Foursquare. I will continue to download the native apps which are available and continue to use android apps to fill the gaps.

      Native is preferred, but I can manage fine. Android apps work well for the most part. sometimes even surprisingly well.

      I can also use the browser for a lot of stuff. The BB10 browser is absolutely fantastic.

  • M-Len

    I have used Foursquare., but I dont see the point. This app does not interest me.

    • Tyler Hardeman

      Good for you?

  • Janette Stevens

    rethink the friendship matter….

  • Selim Arslan

    I am addicted to Foursquare actually. It was my best app. 3 years ago and I used check-in every day. After Swarm had released, I try to use every day but I could not. I do not know the reason but I could not adopt it. I found a tumblr site called Kill Swarm and take a look at similar apps. An app. called Socialeyes gets my attention and started to use it every day. I invited my friends there and after that find someone to grab a coffee with easily. I also meet with my oldest friends. This can be the new Swarm related to its member base.