What you need to know about Facebook Places

by Tony Tie August 19th, 2010 

With the much anticipated Facebook Places being unveiled late Wednesday, it is poised to take on the popular location-based social networking platforms such as Foursquare and Gowalla. Users will be able to check in and share their location with their friends, all the while earning rewards such as coupons and discounts.

But what differentiates Facebook Places from all the rest? What features does this have that users should be aware of? As from the HuffingtonPost, the follow are 6 features you need to know about Facebook Places.


- When checking-in at a location, the feed will be transmitted to your friends Facebook News Feed and will also appear on your Recent Activity section.

- A People Here Now feature allows you to see other Facebook users who are checking-in at the same location.

It works with Foursquare and Gowalla:

- TechCrunch writes that Foursquare and Gowalla will allow you to check-in to your Facebook feed. Badges and pins from those apps are transferable and will appear on Facebook.

It only works on the iPhone (For now):

- At this point Facebook does not plan on releasing the app for the Android or Blackberry. For non-iPhone owners, users will need to use Facebook touch mobile site on a browser that supports both HTML 5 and geolocation.

Others can check you in:

- You can tag your friends when you check-in with the @ symbol (Friends can reject or accept the tag)

- You can choose to accept or reject the tag. Facebook users have the ability to not allow anyone to ever tag them under the Customize Setting section on Facebook.

It is not a game:

- Unlike Foursquare, Facebook will not feature any badges, pins or mayorship. They are keeping it social.

It only works in the US:

- Currently Facebook Places only is available in the United States. Facebook does plan to expand this platform to other countries in the near future.

Tony Tie

Tony Tie worked in the world of advertising and video production for a few years. He worked on many TV commercial campaigns before switching to the online industry. He currently works with many large international brands and agencies to strengthen their on-line presence. He is also the founder to THiNK Video - an explainer video company. Follow him on Twitter @tonytie

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2 Responses to “What you need to know about Facebook Places”

  1. James says:

    Between Facebook Places and Foursquare, at the moment Foursquare wins. Foursquare makes it a bit of a game. Of course, there is the problem that you are letting everyone know your not at home with both systems.
    I think the friend check in has a lot of potential for abuse. It should never have been allowed as default.
    .-= James recently posted: How To Disable Facebook Places and Why You Need To! =-.

    • Tony Tie says:

      That is a good point. The fact that you can check in your someone else is already raising some concerns for privacy advocates.