Facebook Places, already launched in the US, is on its way to the UK
Facebook is rolling out a new feature called "Facebook Places", which allows users to let their friends know where they are.
The roll-out has begun initially in the United States, but will be roll-out across the world soon.
The following video from Facebook explains the concept:
Whilst the concept of location-based check-ins may bemuse many people, Facebook Places has a darker side. As well as giving you the option to check-in to a location, Facebook Places also allows your friends to share your location on your behalf. Although this feature can be turned of, the settings are buried amongst the already complicated privacy settings.
This article from CrunchGear gives a few examples of why this could cause major problems: http://www.crunchgear.com/2010/08/23/discontent-grows-with-facebook-places-ability-to-tag-without-users-express-permission/. As many people have work colleagues, employers, employees and even customers, as friends on Facebook - these problems could be much worse.
This useful article from Inside Facebook gives an guided tour to the features and privacy settings of Facebook Places: http://www.insidefacebook.com/2010/08/19/facebook-places-a-guided-tour-of-features-and-privacy-settings/
Facebook Places however can also be seen as an opportunity for any business or organisation that has a physical presence - this article, again from Inside Facebook, details how marketers and businesses can start using Facebook Places: http://www.crunchgear.com/2010/08/23/discontent-grows-with-facebook-places-ability-to-tag-without-users-express-permission/
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