Foursquare has today released an update that is meant to improve recommendations for users. Though it doesn’t look all that different, the app has been given an under-the-hood makeover.
Foursquare is now using even more information about you — places you’ve been, liked, saved, tastes, and people you follow — to determine what your homescreen should show you each time you open the app. Foursquare has already been using this type of information to feed you recommendations, alongside time of day and location.
However, this latest update comes with a re-tooled algorithm that will simply make Foursquare’s recommendations more proactive and useful.
Recently, Foursquare started letting users check out recommendations on the app without on-boarding and creating a profile, which includes selecting various tastes and other preferences to enhance the experience. That said, recommendations given to users who have yet to create a profile have also been improved.
The app homescreen will now show the most outstanding and trending spots in the neighborhood, as well as showing the types of places that neighborhood is known for. For example, if you’re in the West Village Foursquare will probably show some of the best brunch spots in the area, whereas a user on the Lower East Side would probably get recommendations for cool bars.
There is one minor re-organization to the layout of the app, moving the places you’ve liked and your tips into a revamped History tab as opposed to your profile page.