In a continued effort to deepen engagement, Foursquare has added a new system for notifications to its iPhone app.
The new “notification tray,” which Foursquare added to its Android app earlier this month, tracks more than just checkins. Comments on your checkins, new comments on items you’ve commented on, completion of your tips by your friends and mayor status updates are all included. It also quite handily lets you know when your Facebook friends join Foursquare.
In the iPhone app, new notifications are displayed in a bubble to the right of the Foursquare logo — which is not the only thing that the Foursquare team is hoping the feature will have in common with Facebook’s newsfeed.
“Even if you’re not checking in,” says Foursquare, “the new notification tray is a great reason to open the app or visit foursquare.com.”
In addition to the notification tray, the new version of the app also has a revamped venue page with easier access to tips, photos and your to-do list.
What do you think of the new features? Will the notification tray get you to use the app more often?