Foursquare’s new Swarm app is now available for all Windows Phone 8.1 devices. The app streamlines the Foursquare social geo-location experience and enhances it so it’s easier to find and connect with friends in the real world.
So why use Swarm if you already have Foursquare? The former is more suited to finding and connecting with friends who are nearby, while the latter is more about discovering new places, such as restaurants, parks and other points of interest.
Swarm shows the physical proximity of friends who are within 500 feet; “a short walk away;” one mile; “nearby;” five miles; “in the area; 20 miles; and “far, far away.” So if your friends have “checked in” on Swarm, you can see if they’re literally within shouting distance.
The app’s colourful, fun and modern design is intuitive making it easy to add a photo and a quick note to your check-in.
If you’re concerned about privacy, you can always turn off Swarm’s location-tracking feature. You can then manually share your specific location only when you want to.
Swarm is available as a free download in the Windows Phone Store today.