New in New Media: Foursquare 8.0 and Location-enabled Apps for HIV Awareness
Location-enabled apps for HIV AwarenessFor the HIV community, location-enabled apps, such as Foursquare, can be a more personalized way of recommending HIV service locations, treatment centers and testing locations. In addition to in-app recommendations, the ability to “check-in” to HIV/AIDS awareness and advocacy events can also be a great way to get people involved on social media. The concept of being able to explore what is around you from your mobile device is a feature of all location-enabled apps.
Our HIV.gov Locator app a social media consultant and the webmaster of CHARE ProjectExit Disclaimer, a community HIV/AIDS resource exchange project. She told us, “The 'new' Foursquare allows me to connect and share interest-oriented info with friends and colleagues especially HIV prevention warriors.”
The New Foursquare: Foursquare 8.0
- The Function: Gone are the days of the Foursquare “check-in”. Foursquare recently split into two different appsExit Disclaimer - SwarmExit Disclaimer and FoursquareExit Disclaimer. The new version of Foursquare uses GPS-enabled location to recommend places. Foursquare’s spin-off app, Swarm, allows you to check in to places and see where your friends have checked in. Foursquare then uses that check-in data to recommend places.
- The Look: New colors. New logo. New user interface. Foursquare has completely changed its look and feel. The “F” flag logo and the blue and pink color scheme are just a few of the many changes made in the app’s redesign. After logging into the app, you will be asked to choose preferences for places you want to frequent. That preference information combined with your past check-in history and the check-in history of your Facebook friends will create customized recommendations featured in a horizontal bar at the top of the app.