Location-based feature, Facebook Places, is now unveiled

by Knowlton Thomas

Facebook Places, which will begin rolling out to users on Thursday, centers around mobile devices, which Facebook members will use to send their location to Facebook—much like they'd post a status update.

There are privacy controls implemented which will let users choose who can see Places, and by default will be set to "friends only." And, akin to tagging friends in photos, you can tag friends who are also with you.

Business integration is minimal at best currently, but analysts suspect this will eventually change. Facebook has introduced Places in close collaboration with YelpFoursquareGowalla, and Booyah. And Facebook Places will soon include third-party app integration.

 Josh Lowensohn of cnet news posted this video on YouTube, which shows a Places demo vid.

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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