Foursquare today rolled out an update to the desktop version of their website that makes it easier to search for places somewhere other than your current location.
The new search bar adds a second box that lets you set a city to search instead of defaulting to your current location. It’s a simple change, but takes one step out of searching for places in a different city (previously users had to search, wait for Explore to load, then change cities). The change is especially useful for users (like me) whose location defaults to a suburb of the city they’d actually like to search or those who are planning a trip to another city.
The new design also moves the notification icon to the right side of the screen (it’s finally consistent throughout the site) and shortens the user menu, most notably by moving the options to act as page to a separate screen.
While the new design makes it easier to search different cities, I don’t understand why a second box was necessary. Google has been able to understand a query like “Sushi in Cincinnati” for years without requiring a separate location box. Surely Foursquare could do the same? (and, no, that search never worked in the old search box)
What do you think of the new search box?