Swarm, Foursquare's new app, just launched and makes stalking friends easier.
Swarm, Foursquare's New App, Makes Stalking Friends Easier
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May 15 2014 3:59 PM

Swarm, Foursquare's Stalker-ish New App

With Swarm, you'll always know where to find Foursquare founder Dennis Crowley.

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This post originally appeared on Business Insider.

Foursquare recently announced that it was breaking its location-based check-in app into two. One app, which would house all check-ins and questions about which friends are nearby, would be called Swarm. Foursquare's legacy app would only house its Yelp-like "Explore" feature and be dedicated to finding venues.


Swarm launched today and it's pretty basic. It allows you to easily stalk your friends for impromptu meet-ups. Here's all there is to Swarm:

Swarm uses push notifications and your physical location to alert you when friends are nearby, sort of nearby, and far, far away.



You can share your specific neighborhood with your friends on the app, so they know when you're nearby, too.



Here are all the people who are just a short walk away from me right now.



Friends can write status updates that are like a micro Craigslist. They let you know what's going on around you, and they help you set up future plans with nearby friends.



You can also check-in to places, which is Foursquare's flagship feature.





Alyson Shontell is a senior reporter at Business Insider. Follow her on Twitter.

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