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This article was published on November 16, 2012


Foursquare’s come a long way in 4 years: Look at its first prototype

Foursquare’s come a long way in 4 years: Look at its first prototype Image by: Getty Images/Hemera
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Josh Ong is the US Editor at The Next Web. He previously worked as TNW's China Editor and LA Reporter. Follow him on Twitter or email him a Josh Ong is the US Editor at The Next Web. He previously worked as TNW's China Editor and LA Reporter. Follow him on Twitter or email him at [email protected].

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.

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:

You can look through all of our coverage of Foursquare here.

Image credit: Hemera