Places, People, Places! Facebook Places Launches for Mobile

Thu, Aug 19, 2010

Facebook, iPhone, Location-Based, Mobile, Social

Facebook Places has now officially launched on the Mobile Touch site and on the official iPhone Facebook app. We have all the details following Facebook’s big announcement yesterday including all the details concerning how it works and the partners involved.

One thing made very clear at yesterday’s announcement is that Facebook Places has three goals for users: Tell your friends where you are, find out where your friends are and discover new places. While it seems similar to Foursquare and other like-services, Places appears to be more personal by showing new places that are actually relevant to you.

Photo-tagging is available in Places via taking pictures at the various places you check-in at. If you tag someone who is in a photo at a certain location, they are automatically checked-in with you and don’t have to do it themselves.

As far as privacy goes, Places works just about how anyone would want it to. By default, it will only share your check-ins and locations with friends and it does allow you to remove unwanted check-ins. You can be exempt from being tagged on Places if you wish as well.

As far as partners go, Facebook partnered with Gowalla, Foursquare, Yelp and Booyah! (MyTown) for Places. Very soon, using the Facebook Places API, these services will integrate with Places so you don’t have to check-in to Places using the app.

Facebook Places has launched on the Facebook Mobile Touch site and on the newly updated iPhone app. Blackberry and Android apps will be updated with Places eventually. The problem? It is slowly rolling out to select regions and people. I suppose most of us will be waiting quite a while for the new feature to start working. As of now, this is all I see when I try to use Places on my iPhone for instance:

Hopefully all of these kinks will be worked out in the near future. So, what do you think of Facebook Places? Will you be using it? Let us know in the comments section below.

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