As mobile social network Foursquare shifts its model away from check-ins and toward local discovery, it is tweaking the way it surfaces and shares information about members. Several news outlets report that Foursquare alerted users over the weekend that searches for friends on the social network will now show full names in the results instead of the abbreviations used previously.
Engadget quotes the notice sent to users (hey, we never got ours!) claiming: “We get emails every day saying that it's now confusing” and that the new system will clarify the search results.
The change in how Foursquare reveals full names will take effect Jan. 28. Users can change their names in the account settings to prevent their profiles having their actual name.
The new policy allows sharing over a longer period for businesses that only have time to check information daily. Foursquare reminds its users that they can opt out of location sharing in their own privacy settings.
The Wall Street Journal reported recently that Foursquare and Apple were in discussions about integrating some of the social network's local data into Apple’s controversial iOS maps. Apple already incorporates Yelp data in its maps, which in our use still lags behind the richness and breadth of Google’s local business reviews.