This app lets you record the places you've been and keep the memories to yourself

A few years ago, Facebook feeds were full of “check-ins” by friends at all the coolest places. One of the biggest platforms for such things is Foursquare, which awards users with badges (like “Mayorships”) for their check-in frequency on the app. However, its latest release, the Swarm app, steps back on the social media push and instead focuses on recording memories.

Through the Swarm app, it's easy to keep a good record of places you've visited. This is an especially neat idea for travelers who want to make sure they remember the best bowl of pho they had in Vietnam or return to a favorite shop in Morocco. The app takes the idea of Foursquare and makes it more personal. Swarm doesn't implore its users to share each check-in. Instead, it keeps things a bit more intimate.

The app comes with a lifetime check-in map that visualizes everywhere you've been. If you like traveling, it would be cool to see the orange pins pop-up across the continents.

However, the app experience is not entirely lonely. Friends who are nearby will still pop up on Swarm. A simple tap on their profile will let you know exactly where they are. And if you happen to think you've found a better Mexican cantina than they have, you can send a message in the app and invite them to join you.

Swarm, with the tagline “Remember Everywhere,” is now available on the Google Play Store and Apple Store.

Swarm

A few years ago, Facebook feeds were full of “check-ins” by friends at all the coolest places. One of the biggest platforms for such things is Foursquare, which awards users with badges (like “Mayorships”) for their check-in frequency on the app. However, its latest release, the Swarm app, steps back on the social media push and instead focuses on recording memories.

Through the Swarm app, it's easy to keep a good record of places you've visited. This is an especially neat idea for travelers who want to make sure they remember the best bowl of pho they had in Vietnam or return to a favorite shop in Morocco. The app takes the idea of Foursquare and makes it more personal. Swarm doesn't implore its users to share each check-in. Instead, it keeps things a bit more intimate.