New York -- Re-kindle your life, for better or worse, through Foursquare! Checking into the power of nostalgia, Foursquare is delivering members' past location moments back to life with a reworked history page that doubles as a check-in time machine. The company over the weekend launched the latest of several search features that continue to position Foursquare firmly as a formal local search engine: a fully searchable history page where users can review their entire check-in history, including photos, tips and who else was there.
Trying to remember all the places you went to on last summer's trip to Mexico? Foursquare has refurbished the web-based version of the history page to let members re-embark on a journey down the memory lane. The improved page now includes a fully-searchable history page, which allows you to easily jump over to all your past check-ins from any month or year, and even filter them by who you were with, what type of place you were at, or which neighborhood, city, or country you were in and rediscover your favorite venues or the places they visited while on vacation.
“You can easily hop over to all your past check-ins from any month or year, and even filter them by who you were with, what type of place you were at, or which neighborhood, city, or country you were in. We will show you your check-in photos, comments, and friends who were there,” Foursquare explained in a blog post.
The announcement came on the Foursquare blog, where the feature was promoted as just one of the many streamlined feature that will soon be added to Foursquare. History page features to look forward to include filtering by specific venues, adding “tips,” and creating lists.
Additionally, each check-in in the history can be clicked for an informative page about a user's visit. The pages is bundled with check-in photos, comments about the venue, a list of Foursquare friends who were also checked-in at the location, and an embedded Google map pinpointing the check-in location.
More so, users need not worry if they have mistakenly checked-in to somewhere embarrassing: check-ins can be deleted. Clicking on the arrow next to each check-in in the history record will take users to a summary page for that check-in, where it can be deleted.
As a matter of fact, the idea of being able to see where you were a few years ago, with a time and date stamp, appears really cool. By the way, the history page concept incorporates some of the same elements of Facebook Timeline, the social media giants storybook-take on the personal profile.
What the final outcome of all this will be is anyone's guess. Along with the “Explore” option, foursquare has once again wisely solidified its position as the number one location based service out there.
On a side-note, a Foursquare spokesperson said the company does not have any plans under wraps to carry the features over to mobile.