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Foursquare Opens Up Its Local Search Engine, Adds Business Scores

Foursquare Opens Up Its Local Search Engine, Adds Business Scores

Foursquare Opens Up Its Local Search Engine, Adds Business Scores Matt McGee | October 16, 2012 You don’t have to be a Foursquare user to use Foursquare’s local search engine anymore. It’s open and live to anyone at foursquare.com/explore . And, by the way, Foursquare spruced up the look and feel not long ago and it looks terrific. I gave Foursquare Explore a pretty long writeup earlier this year when it moved from mobile devices to the web, and most everything I said then still applies: The search filters are great. Full-text search of tips is wonderful (lets you find relevant places when you search for things like “milk shake” or “burrito”). Using check-ins as a relevance signal should improve search results. I wouldn’t be surprised to see some of the big players make a run at buying Foursquare now, even if FSQ’s monetization efforts are still in their infancy. (Greg Ste...

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