Foursquare & Facebook Places Explained

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.

If you haven’t used Foursquare before and can’t quite figure out thee purpose of tis new service within Facebook, here are some words from Michael Sharon, Facebook product manager for Places.

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.

To get started, you’ll need the most recent version of the Facebook application for iPhone. You also can access Places from touch.facebook.com if your mobile browser supports HTML 5 and geolocation.

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?

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2 thoughts on “Foursquare & Facebook Places Explained

  1. I’ve heard a little about Facebook Places – do you think this will make Four Square obsolete? Given that Facebook have announced they have 500 million members, and Four Square is at around 3 million, would you switch from Four Square?

  2. I think its difficult to tell at the moment, I’m sure we’ll start to get some data when the US have had a play and we’ll find out the popularity of the service. So far I’ve heard a lot of negative comments about this from UK users. The idea of people knowing your every move and location and who you’re with! I guess Facebook has become such an integrated part in people everyday habits that any changes are taken with a little caution.

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