Thursday, August 19, 2010

Facebook knows where you are

No huge surprise yesterday when Facebook announced the release of Places, a location specific update feature similar to Foursquare and Gowalla. User can "check in" to locations, add comments and see where their friends are doing the same. The feature is available on the newest version of the Facebook application for iPhone or you can go to if your mobile browser supports HTML 5 and geolocation.

This new addition to the Facebook world is a smart compliment for what is already the leader in social networks. While Foursquare was the innovator in this arena their offering is very much a niche compared to the more general social aspects of Facebook. The gang at Facebook should be given credit for being willing to adapt to the best practices and trends in the social space. Once innovative ideas like micro-blogging (Twitter) or social photo share (Flickr) prove themselves to early adopters it is smart for Facebook to consider integrating them into the service. Some will work in the mix and some will not but either way it is good for everyone when they are brought to the masses.

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