Swarm for iOS reintroduces mayorships and bragging rights

Avid Foursquare junkies (myself included), rejoice – mayorships are back, just now in the Swarm app. You can become the mayor of a place by checking into it more than anyone else in the last 30 days, and only one check-in per day counts towards your rank.

Foursquare was launched in 2009 by the same person who in 2003 founded the Google-acquired Dodgeball, a check-in location service similar to Foursquare that pre-dated smartphones and was based on SMS. When Foursquare launched, mayorships and badges added a layer of playfulness and gamification to the action of exploring the physical world, encouraging users to check-in to new and varying places often in an effort to one-up their friends with more badges and mayorships, or compete for the same mayorships.

The product eventually, however, shifted its focus from the gaming aspect to recommendations and discovery, similar to Yelp, going so far as to kill off mayorships in May of last year when the company introduced a completely revamped version of Foursquare and split off check-ins into a separate app called Swarm. The initial version of Swarm was tremendously lacking in the playfulness that the original Foursquare app had, though, and the company eventually vowed to bring that back in even fuller force than ever before – the app has been receiving periodic updates with the re-introduction of badges and a new messaging feature, and today the company has returned the last missing piece.

One small addition that wasn’t available before is that now you can share new mayorships, badges, and check-ins to Facebook or Twitter with one tap. The update is available for download in the iOS App Store right now.

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  1. cjt3007 - 8 years ago

    Swarm? People use that? I’m pretty sure everyone jumped ship when foursquare decided to make it’s app completely different that it was original in every single aspect, and pushing off a broken set of checkin functions to this lame app… Now, they are changing their mind? I don’t get why they did this crap in the first place, they wouldn’t have lost so many users.

    • Tom Maxwell - 8 years ago

      They definitely made some serious mistakes when splitting the apps, for sure. I don’t use the main Foursquare app a lot but myself and a handful of friends use Swarm heavily to document all the places we go. It’s sort of like a digital scrapbook for me, in a sense.

      • cjt3007 - 8 years ago

        I basically just moved over to the inbuilt checkins on Facebook… though of course that doesn’t post to twitter and such.

  2. One thing is for certain: Steve Wozniak will be the mayor of the Swarm app.

  3. platonicmoney - 8 years ago

    Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley is completely clueless as to market demand. He’s off in his own la-la-land, seemingly more interested in incessant Twitter posts on his marathoning (including the creation of a fake bib for his wife for the 2014 Boston Marathon, for which reportedly they have both been banned for life), ramen restaurants, bars, and other self-absorbed crap, rather than the fact that the market has spoken and dismissed the evolution of Foursquare into Swarm and Foursquare as a failure.

  4. crateish (@crateish) - 8 years ago

    LOL! Too little too late.

  5. squuiid - 8 years ago

    One of the biggest mis-steps in Tech history. Foursquare management are a joke.

  6. Mr Tozzo - 8 years ago

    I was a very active user of Foursquare, because it was fun. When they had the bad idea to ruin it with Swarm I uninstalled everything.