Facebook finally goes Places
New service lets people share where their location using a mobile device
Facebook has launched their location-based service called Places that lets users share where they are, and the friends they are with, using a mobile device.
"You have the option to share your location by 'checking in' to that place and letting friends know where you are. You can easily see if any of your friends have also chosen to check in nearby," writes Michael Sharon, Facebook product manager for Places, in a company blog post.
Facebook users who want to try Places need to download the most recent version of the Facebook application for iPhone. Alternatively, they can access Places from touch.facebook.com if their phone's browser supports HTML 5 and geolocation.
It works fairly simply. Once you tap on the 'Check In' button, you will see a list of places nearby and any place not featured on the list can be easily added. After checking in, it will create a story in a user's friends' News Feeds and show up in the Recent Activity section on the page for that place.
Friends also have the ability to tag you through Places and check you in, but users have the freedom to alter this setting for greater control.
Places is presently available only in the United States but Facebook has plans to launch it in more countries and on mobile platforms other than the iPhone soon.