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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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

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