Foursquare has been rolling out a bunch of new features lately. This latest addition gives the check-in service a purpose beyond announcing one’s arrival after the fact.
The New York-based company announced its partnership with the online reservation site OpenTable in a blog post earlier today:
Much like Google Maps, Foursquare users can hit “Explore” to find nearby nightlife, shopping, food, and other businesses using their current location as a starting point. They can also check out the menu and business hours of the places they find.
Foursquare is also making an effort to improve the quality of their business listings by offering an expedited verification process for businesses.
Now that Living Social offers delivery service from major chains and Groupon has instant deals for same-day service, the line between check-in, online reservation, and daily deal sites is getting blurry. Foursquare’s partnership with OpenTable is not quite as dramatic as Living Social’s recent purchase, but it does make the process of trying out new restaurants more seamless.