"Currently, Foursquare sometimes shows your full name and sometimes shows your first name and last initial ("John Smith" vs. "John S.")..with this change, full names are going to be public," said foursquare in Privacy 101, a new page explaining the changes it will begin implementing Jan. 28.
Foursquare suggests that users who do not want to share their full names edit the name associated with their account. Foursquare only requires users to provide their first name. The company explained that this change will make it easier for users to find other friends using the service.
Businesses previously were able to view information about visitors who had checked in using foursquare in the past 3 hours. The update states that the window of time for businesses to view this information has increased, but foursquare did not reveal further details.
Foursquare also announced that it had reached 3 billion check-ins.
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