Facebook Places launched tonight, and this blog post is intended to provide you with a 1-minute read about the new update. Most importantly, I have recommendations for your privacy settings you should look at before you get started using this new feature.
- Facebook Places is a feature within Facebook that is very similar to Foursquare and Gowalla.
- You can check in on Facebook, through the iPhone app, just like Foursquare and Gowalla.
- You can also check in and post to Facebook Places -using- Foursquare and Gowalla.
- There are no “Mayors” of locations.
- There are no “Badges”, “Pins”, or “Points”.
- When you check in you can tag your friends and check them in too.
- Just like Foursquare, you can leave comments at specific locations. When you check in, if any of your friends have been there, you will see their comments (just like Foursquare).
- Applications and websites that utilize Facebook, can and will be able to utilize your location check-in data if you approve it in your settings.
- Businesses and companies CAN claim their locations on Facebook Places.
- For businesses and company locations, there WILL be a “Like” button on the page. So upon check in, you can “Like” their page and get updates.
- FAQs for Facebook Places
- Article: “The Implications of Facebook Places” (San Francisco Chronicle)
- Article: “Facebook Places: What It Is, What It Isn’t, and Why It May Change the World” (Forrester)
Security and Privacy
I suggest that you check your privacy settings right now for Facebook Places (click ‘Account’ in the top right, then ‘Privacy Settings’):
2.) *I would recommend changing the setting for “Friends can check me into Places” to be DISABLED*. Personally, I want to be in full control of disclosing my location. I would not feel comfortable allowing others to do this for me on my behalf. Not that I have anything to hide, but I can see how this feature would get abused and others could check you into places.