Since I've started using Instagram as a mean to post pictures and places in three networks at once (Instagram itself, Facebook and Swarm) I've noticed how badly Instagram links places to Swarm. It's very, very common to get checked in the city or neighborhood when I'm posting a picture in a restaurant, or even to be checked in to another generic place quite far from where I am.

How does Instagram link the places from its place search to Swarm venues?

Are there any tips on how to improve this to avoid bad check-ins?

I've tried to guess what places from the list would be the "correct" Swarm venue but never had luck with that.

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    Instagram uses facebook places whose data is awful.
    – Sathyajith Bhat
    Apr 13, 2016 at 11:07
  • @Sathya that could become an actual answer :) Apr 14, 2016 at 18:45
  • tried to frame it as an answer
    – Sathyajith Bhat
    Apr 14, 2016 at 19:51

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I heard you, I used to rely on Instagram for the same workflow - publish to Facebook, Twitter, Swarm and Tumblr. Sometime soon after Facebook's acquisition of Instagram, they ditched FourSquare's location data in favour of Facebook places which is ridiculously bad in comparison to Foursquare, hence your bad check-ins.

There really aren't any tips, just hope that Facebook place has that location covered for you. There have been times where I selected a location in Instagram and the corresponding check-in has been a bland 'My Country' location which is pretty bad. Just do the check-in from Swarm manually

  • worst behaviour ever: checking in your country lol Apr 23, 2016 at 18:00

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