We can debate on direction that Foursquare is trying to take but make no mistake: Foursquare wants to be the app you use to discover places and things no matter where you are in the world. The updated Foursquare app for iPhone reflects that in a dramatic, new user experience that will take long time Foursquare users a while to get use to using. In fact if you are anything like me, you may find it a bit frustrating.
When you update or install the new Foursquare app you will be prompted by the app to let it know your tastes and preferences. You do this by tapping provided keywords that reflect things around you or things that you have rated in the past. These keywords help Foursquare determine what discoveries to provide to you when you use the app. These can be very broad in nature (like “Spanish Food”) to very specific (“Chicken Paella”). Once you have tapped in these keywords, the Foursquare app then presents its new and radically different user experience.