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Foursquare's spin-off Swarm launches tomorrow, functionality unveiled

updated 09:31 pm EDT, Wed May 14, 2014

App launches two weeks after announcement, search, plan and sharing features outlined

Swarm, the spin off app taking over the social features of Foursquare, is launching tomorrow on Android and iOS according to the company's Twitter account. Several bits of information have been released by the company ahead of the release, including the ability to post plans for all friends in the city to see, neighborhood sharing and history search. Some details, such as neighborhood sharing, were outlined when the app was announced at the beginning of the month.

Neighborhood sharing allows users to show their friends if they are nearby in the same city. If both the user and friend have the feature on they will be able to see one another when they are close. Turning it off is as simple as sliding the top of the screen if someone doesn't want to allow others to see where they are at.

The plans feature gives users the ability to leave open invites to friends near the user without the need to send messages to each one. Once a plan is posted users can choose to reply to it without filling up a list. When posted the plan becomes available to all friends located in the same city.

History search, a feature that was often requested for Foursquare, makes its way to Swam to allow users to search through their past check-ins. Foursquare's blog gives some examples of possible search criteria such as looking for check-ins in a specific city, related check-ins with friends or specific locations. Using it is as simple as tapping on the user's profile to begin the search.

by MacNN Staff



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