University takes Facebook Places to next level with giant wooden sculptures on campus

by Knowlton Thomas

placesIt's fun to check in with Facebook Places, but sometimes you can forget.

Not at the University of Kentucky.

The social-media savvy post-secondary institution has complemented its campus-wide free WiFi with giant wooden sculptures that take after the Facebook Places teardrop map pointer. They're as big as any person, and with several up already and more to come, it will be difficult for students to not check in to campus areas.

The university is no stranger to Facebook, having more than 100,000 fans on its social networking page. That's nearly double the University of Oxford's, though it still trails the University of Michigan.

The sculptures are painted, exact to form, and even include a painted mock-map for their base.

What will these people think up next?

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Facebook's mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. Millions of people use Facebook everyday to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet. more

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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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