Foursquare is supposed to “help you find the perfect places to go with friends,” and since its launch, it has wormed its way into daily routines. While I have to admit that I did use it for a while, I am not a big fan of checking into each and every location I visit. But there are many other perks one can glean from using Foursquare, not the least of which is discovering new places.


With the new update of Foursquare, you can find new places even more easily. The new feature is called “real-time recommendations,” and it basically gives you unsolicited advice. This is how it works, straight from the horse’s mouth:

When you arrive someplace, we can tell you something great there (like the best thing to order, or a money-saving special). With this release, we’re turning real-time recommendations on for a small batch of people who use Foursquare on their iPhone (and expanding to more every day). It’s been live for some people on Android for a bit, and we can’t wait to put it in everyone’s hands.

So yeah, Android users have had this for a while, so it’s nothing new for them, but iOS users may or may not be happy with the update.

On the one hand, for people who have a perennial problem of choosing which restaurant to eat at and picking items on the menu, this recommendation feature just might help.

On the other hand, it’s unsolicited advice, and we all know how this type of advice is usually received.

Foursquare users, how do you feel about real-time recommendations?

In other news, Foursquare is also rolling out ads for small businesses worldwide. I have a feeling this will tie in with the real-time recommendations feature…

Here’s a video introducing the new ads for small businesses.

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