foursquare Explore explained
foursquare rolled out a new feature called Explore back in March. The launch of the new feature was included for both the iPhone and Android platforms. BlackBerry users have been left behind, lost in the world of foursquare, unable to Explore their cities—until now.
With the latest version of FourPlay (1.1.20) for the BlackBerry PlayBook, BlackBerry users get their first real look at Explore. So what is Explore? Read on to find out.
foursquare released Explore as a means for foursquare users to find new venues, of all variations, whether they are in their home city or visiting a new city.
If you view foursquare as a big data center, collecting data non-stop, data of where people like to go, when they like to go there, and who they go there with.. you will begin to understand the value that Explore brings.
foursquare uses all of that data, and some pretty complicated algorithms, to suggest places you should visit based off of both location, and check ins (everyone, friends, or yours).
So, as an example, let’s say you wanted to find a new place to eat. Open up FourPlay, navigate over to the Explore section and wait for the GPS to locate you, or enter your location manually.
You can either search by typing in a type of food, day of week (tips are search, revealing venues with specials for that day), or any other keyword that fits exactly what you are looking for.
You will then be given some results, based off of your keyword, as well as your settings (swipe down the menu, decide if you want recs based off everyone, friends, or just your check ins as well as the proximity.)
You can also use the five buttons across the top to search, or use the drop box in combination with one of the buttons to narrow down the search even more.
We can write another 500 words about the Explore feature, but as long as you get the gist of it, the best way to learn it is to use it. We feel we actually have a leg up on the official foursquare apps with Explore due to the fact that we allow users to type in any location, and Explore that location. The official foursquare apps only allow users to Exlpore their immediate area.