Foursquare: The Best App to Explore Your City in Few Clicks

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Foursquare is a mobile application based search service to explore local areas based on user’s current location and his/her preferences. Foursquare has been in action since 2008. Currently, Foursquare has 60 million registered users.

Exploration

One of the most useful features of Foursquare is Exploration. This tool helps you find recommendations for places that are in town, nearby or simply you do not know. It also helps to know a little more of that place where you are.

The great advantage of this feature is the ability to recognize the geographical area in which you find yourself at that moment. This way you do not have to carry around maps, guidebooks or other notes to find interesting places as Exploration will teach you how to find places in the city.

Start the application Foursquare on your mobile phone. After loading, this will be updated and will present the latest activities of people you have as contacts. To begin to explore and find new places, click on the Explore button at the bottom of your screen and proceed to the next step.

Exploration Window

Foursquare presents a list of different categories. You can click on them to see the recommendations delivered in this section. To ensure that the information you submit into Foursquare, it corresponds to the geographic area where you are, so first, click on ‘Near My Current Location’ button at the top of the screen.

Before you see the list of options, it is also very useful when you want to go to a different area to where you are at that time. For example, this is useful if you are near a seaside hotel but want to visit the downtown area of the city.

Choose Location

Once you have clicked ‘Near My Current Location’, you can see a map of the geographic area where you are at that time. A blue circle will indicate the area over which Foursquare will search for interesting places. If you wish, you can drag the map to place it in another geographic area. When you’ve made your choice, click ‘Done’.

Choose Your Desired Activity

Now you will return to the screen with the list of options. It’s time to choose what type of activity you want to perform. Among them, you can choose places to go, eat, cafes, shops and places to shop, outdoor areas and more.

You can also find special recommendations. For example, there is an option as ‘Top Picks’ i.e., which indicate the ones recommended by Foursquare.

Another way to choose between these options is to see how and what things are recommended by your contacts in other social networks. For example, if you are on the beach, a geographical search on Twitter could show talks about popular bars or restaurants there.



List with Results

After the option of choosing ‘Top Picks’, Foursquare will present a new list of results. These results are based on your social connections, your previous check-ins and other variables such as the popular places in that area. Review the options presented to you. Many also include feedback written by others, so that can help you make a good decision.

Map Options

If you click on the Map option located at the top of the screen, you will see the same above but with the location of these places on a map listing, which will help you decide how close you are. Now it is just a matter of choosing where to go.

Foursquare is a very useful application and may surprise you when you find places you have never heard of.

If you find a place you like, you can share it with your friends on other social networks. Remember that you can publish your check-ins on Facebook and Twitter. You can also connect to Foursquare from Instagram and can post a photo of the place that you just discovered.

Author Bio:

Ellie Singh is an enthusiastic blogger. His main interests in blogging are travel and tours, technology, gadgets and yoga, and loves to do yoga. In addition, she also works for a dissertation help UK where she works as an academic writer.

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