Sometimes it’s nice to stop and take stock of how far a service or app has come. Today’s trip down memory lane comes by way of Foursquare, which has posted screenshots of the first prototype of its location check-in service from four years ago today.
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Four years ago was a different world. The iPhone was little more than a year old and the App Store ecosystem was just beginning to take shape. So, while this design certainly looks dated, most other apps would too if we compared them.
For full effect, here’s what Foursquare looks like now:
The service recently added ratings for locations that will bring it into competition with Yelp and other recommendation engines. Another huge addition for the service is the Explore feature, which is now open to all visitors of its website.
Let’s take a look at some of the companies notable milestones:
- October 2009: Foursquare Launches In 15 New Cities
- March 2010: Foursquare Confirms Restaurant Dashboard Alpha Testing
- April 2010: Foursquare Hits New Landmark: First check-in at the North Pole
- June 2010: Foursquare abandons plans to sell, takes $20 million in funding.
- July 2010: Foursquare 1.9: Now with Maps
- August 2010: Foursquare now at 2.6 million users
- January 2011: Foursquare Launches New Business Pages
- April 2011: Foursquare breaks 3 million checkins on #4sqDay
- June 2011: Milestone: Foursquare hits 10 million users
- September 2011: Foursquare Hits 1 Billion Check-Ins [Video]
- September 2012: Foursquare just launched a no-brainer partnership with OpenTable for reservations in its Explore tab
- October 2012: Foursquare introduces Explore feature on its website, providing recommendations without signup or check-in
You can look through all of our coverage of Foursquare here.
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