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Discovery app powered by Foursquare offers recommendations based on where you've been

Location intelligence company Foursquare trained its users to declare their presence by checking in, but their latest venture takes the service a step beyond that. Marsbot is the company’s new app aimed to help people discover new places by learning what they like and then sending recommendations via SMS.

Foursquare’s product manager Marissa Chacko explained how the bot works in a post published on the company’s blog this week. Marsbot uses Foursquare’s data to make recommendations when users are near a place they might enjoy before they even ask, all presented like a text conversation with a friend who knows what you love as well as all the best local spots.

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