You spoke and foursquare listened. With the latest updates to foursquare — out simultaneously for iOS,
Android and Blackberry — you can now filter your friends’ activity feed to find just the ones who are nearby. The change comes among a handful released in today’s updates.
To access the filtering options, pull down the activity feed as if you were going to refresh it. You’ll find a toggle for “All Activity” or “Nearby Friends.”
The nearby friends filter was removed when foursquare launched version 5.0 in June. At the time foursquare said their data showed that it was a little-used feature. The decision led to an outcry from regular users who’d come to rely on it for finding out what their friends were up to in town and foursquare quickly reversed tack, promising the filter would appear in a future update.
Another feature lost in version 5.0 that makes a comeback in the latest version is the ability to add “venue photos.” Visit the photo gallery on any venue page and tap the camera icon to add a general photo of the venue. They no longer need to be tied to a particular check-in.
Foursquare says they’ve “also made a ton of small tweaks and bug fixes under the hood to make things faster and more intuitive.”
iOS users will notice one other change in this version. The name in the app store is now “foursquare – a free personalized city guide in your pocket” which succinctly states foursquare’s value proposition right in the app’s title.
What do you think of the updates?
UPDATE: Foursquare says the update is coming soon to Android.