Well its SXSW time again in Austin, Texas, where the social, location-based, group messaging services all go to launch. Prior to the conferences official start on the 11th, the mobile app updates have begun to arrive. One such app is Foursquare, which coincidentally launched at SXSW back in 2009.
What’s New in Version 3.0
Big change 1: Personalized recommendations
– We always look at our friends check-ins and Tips to get ideas of good restaurants in the area. Starting today, in the app, there’s an easier way to do that. Tap on the ‘Explore’ tab and you’ll be able to see recommendations based on where you go, what your friends do, and what the entire foursquare community likes. It’s the easiest way to plan your nights out.
Big change 2: A whole new leaderboard
– A lot of you use foursquare to help motivate you to do things (get that Gym Rat badge!) or to compete with friends (who can get to the most new places in a week). We’ve updated our point system to reflect more of the things you’re proud of, like going out with old friends or trying out an new restaurant in the neighborhood.
Big change 3: More and more types of Specials
– We created the first version of Specials because Mayors asked to be rewarded for their loyalty. But with over 7 million users, earning a mayorship is pretty hard now. So, we’ve created six new ways for businesses to reward your loyalty, and, starting today, you’ll see them all in the app. More ways to save at more places: check in with friends, swarm specials, and more!
There are also a ton of small fixes and updates.
More info @ iTunes Web