Foursquare launched on Tuesday a redesign of its Explore tab on the Web, in an ongoing effort to beef up the service’s utility as a social ratings and local search platform. The redesign also brought the desktop experience more into line with that of Foursquare’s latest iOS app.
Specifically, the redesign introduced a larger search box along with filters that allow the user to sort by whether s/he has been somewhere and whether or not his or her friends have. The results also come with venue rankings based on what percent of users who have checked in like the place. These features allow Foursquare to compete as a local search provider, even among users who don’t have Foursquare accounts.
The desktop update, unlike the mobile app, does not deliver access to places a user has saved to personalized lists — date spots, for example — but has not checked in to. Strangely, users must use the website to create those lists.
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