Last week we heard the news that Facebook has finally released it’s version of Foursquare – Facebook Places. On August 19th, places started it’s roll out to US customers on the iphone.
Ever gone to a show, only to find out afterward that your friends were there too? With Places, you can discover moments when you and your friends are at the same place at the same time.
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.
Go to Places on the iPhone application or touch.facebook.com site and then tap the “Check In” button. You’ll see a list of places near you. Choose the place that matches where you are. If it’s not on the list, search for it or add it. After checking in, your check-in will create a story in your friends’ News Feeds and show up in the Recent Activity section on the page for that place.
You can see the full blog post here from the Facebook team.
So, what does this mean for Foursquare? Will Foursquare become more popular as a result or will it cause a death to this early start-up business from Dennis Crowley? Well, at the moment that’s anyone’s guess. If we look at Twitter, who were also under threat by Facebook a little while ago, they are still around and still increasing their sign up numbers but they had the initial advantage of being more established before Facebook started sniffing around.
For more information on Crowley’s responce to Facebook Places, check out this post on Tech Crunch: Foursquare’s Crowley: The Giants Are “Generic,” We Are Fun. I Wonder Who He’s Referring To…
What do you think the future holds for Foursquare?