Earlier this year Foursquare merged with Factual. The merger brings together two Places data sets and new delivery channels. It also positions Foursquare as the largest independent provider of POI data.
As a result we’re making changes to our data processing pipeline that will allow us to better integrate data from each company’s unique sources and consolidate overlapping sources. This integration will require making changes to the way we ingest data from our listing syndication partners.
Moving forward, flat file delivery will be the primary method for listing syndicator updates. We’re excited about this shift because it will allow us to more reliably manage the ingestion of data into our new pipeline, reduce conflict with other data contributors, and ultimately help get the most accurate representation of places out to the users of the Foursquare Places product.
This change may impact the way listing syndicators send data to Foursquare and temporarily change where that data is available.
During the development of the new data pipeline, there will be a delay in listing syndicator data being delivered to Foursquare’s consumer apps, Foursquare City Guide and Swarm. The data is still being updated and shared with our Places data partners, companies like Twitter, Uber, and Airbnb, but those changes won’t be instantly visible in CityGuide and Swarm until development is complete. The work is currently scheduled to be completed in Q2 2021, but that timeline is subject to change.
Please direct any questions related to this change to email@example.com to open a support ticket.
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