The New Foursquare Knows What You Want For Lunch Before You Do


Remember back when Foursquare was cool? (#TBT). Back then, you could easily check up on everyone you’ve ever met, and then run into them casually. It was a Marauder’s Map for reality. Now, Foursquare’s getting a serious makeover, and they might actually be a useful part of human life again.

In a few weeks, Foursquare will feature personalized restaurant recommendations based on your every need. Finally, an app that gets me as much as Netflix does. Who needs actual human interaction when there’s technology?

The app will have a “personalized local search feature,” that will make specialized recommendations based on your past check-ins. That means you should probably think twice about your late night pizza palace check-ins that end in mornings of shame, unless you want your lunch recommendations forever foiled.

Once you tell Foursquare all about yourself (I’m talking even more information than Tinder), they’ll be able to understand your life and choices. You can add tastes, follow food experts, and check-in to a few places for better recommendations. The places you visit will help them figure you out, so if you say you love lobster rolls but frequent TGI Fridays’ free-for-all appetizer bonanza, they won’t stand for your trickery.

Now that Facebook check-ins are the preferred way to force your compatriots to experience FOMO, it makes sense that Foursquare would unveil some serious changes. I’m just happy there’s now another app to use to procrastinate pre-lunch in the office. When you’re done crushing candy and Tindering to your heart’s content, let Foursquare make all of your major life decisions for you (read: eating). After all, when you’re forced to think all day in your cubicle, why would you want to think more during your lunch break?

[via Eater]

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Margaret Abrams

Nothing Margaret writes should be taken seriously by anyone, including her parents, employers, or gentleman callers. She's currently coping with a quarterlife crisis.

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