Foursquare on Friday announced a new feature for its website: location filters. The feature is live now (you can check it out over at foursquare.com/explore) and Foursquare say it plans to bring it to your phone next.
There are multiple filters to choose from, including Specials, Haven’t Been, Friends, Price, Open Now, and Saved. Here’s how the feature looks in action:
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Specials and Saved are self-explanatory, the former is for Foursquare to make money (by offering you deals that save you money) and the latter is for your personal use. The rest can be boiled down to: price ranges (based on how much you want to spend), check-ins (both yours and those of your friends), and hours.
Foursquare notes you can personalize these recommendations further, but you’ll need to log in to do so. The company offers some examples to woo you:
- See restaurants you haven’t been to before (new adventures!).
- See bars your friends like to go to.
- See places you’ve saved (make headway on your to-do list!).
Foursquare says it will be rolling out “more options” eventually, but wouldn’t say when. Presumably the company is referring to more filters, though it appears to have the basics covered.
This reminds us of a two-step version of Facebook’s Graph Search. Instead of typing in your whole query all at once, you have to think of a basic query and then filter your results.
There’s nothing necessarily wrong with this approach: it’s arguably easier for users as they’re used to it. We’re wondering if filters will work the same way on mobile; we’ll keep you updated as the feature rolls out to Foursquare’s apps as well.
See also – Foursquare reportedly keen to sell advertisers check-in data for targeted ads on other platforms and After nearly 3 billion check-ins, Foursquare reveals its top places across the US for 2012
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