Facebook checks in to foursquare, checks out with location based serviceDocument Transcript
Facebook introduced its location based checkin service which directly
competes with Foursquare as well as working in harmony with the geolocation
The new feature, which has been in development for the past 8 months allows
Facebook users to check in to any location just as they would with Foursquare
but adds a few unique features. The most prominent feature that has
Foursquare potentially back to the drawing board and privacy activists up in
arms is tagging friends during checkins. The problem with this, like any
Facebook privacy fiasco is the feature being turned on by default for the social
network's 500+ million users. The ACLU has written up their opinion on the
new check in service and urges Facebook users to read their take before they
participate in it.
The checkin service, which works with the iPhone or any modern touch device
sporting a GPS, mimics Foursquare's checkin service. If you're using an
iPhone, updating to the latest version will enable the feature if its available in
your region. Fortunately, we were able to test the feature at Digital Eye since.
We'd say it works more in harmony with Foursquare and Gowalla than
competing with them.
Places Beating out Foursquare And
The battle of the checkin services is brewing, but it might not be as big as you
think. The move seems natural for Facebook considering recent trends and
that 20% of Foursquare checkins are already being pushed to Facebook. The
two biggest competitors of Facebook's newly introduced places feature,
Gowalla and Foursquare, actually endorse the social networks' new feature:
"Facebook validates the market," Luedorf of Gowalla said.
Check In From The iPhone App Or Mobile
The newly updated iPhone App features Places but only if its available in your
region. However, if your phone supports HTML5 and geolocation services, it
will be compatible with Facebook Places. The feature works almost identically
to Foursquare, it shows a list of nearby places and tapping a place allows you
to check in with a twist; you can tag which of your Facebook friends is there
with you. As mentioned earlier, it's available in our region (unfortunately it's
down for others) and the feature seems cool, but more a component that fits in
nicely with Facebook.
Places Has Some Privacy Woes
As with any major Facebook feature, there are some privacy concerns as well.
The ACLU has published a post on what to expect from Places and how your
privacy controls will be affected.
"Places allows your friends to tag you when they check in somewhere, and
Facebook makes it very easy to say “yes” to allowing your friends to check in
for you. But when it comes to opting out of that feature, you are only given a
“not now” option (aka ask me again later). “No” isn’t one of the easy
Above, is a video published by Lifehacker that details how to turn Facebook's
Places feature off and restrict how friends can tag you using the feature.