The most popular social network in the world Facebook’s long – awaited location-based functionality Places has been announced. Off late there was strong speculation cooking geolocation concoction with Facebook. Well it sounds fascinating irrespective you are developer with a great app idea ora businessman with an interesting location marketing plan or just a regular Facebook user who wants to get involved with Places.
How to use Places
All you a need is a smartphone if you done have one you can use Facebook touch mobile site on a browser that supports both HTML 5 and geolocation. Facebook in near future have plan to roll out Android and BlackBerry versions of Places, but no specific dates for those have been release yet. It is possible to checkin from other non-smartphone devices in a regular, non-mobile browser, but you will have to use Facebook’s touch site.
You’ll also need to live in the U.S. Facebook’s goal is to launch all over the United States within a few days. International launch dates haven’t been released yet.
To use Places, go to the Places tab on the iPhone application or touch.facebook.com. You’ll first be asked if Facebook is allowed to know your location. Once you click “allow,” you’ll enter the Places interface. From there, you can share your location with friends, find out where your friends are (if they’re using Places), and discover new places near you.
You can add places, check in to places that already exist, and tag people who are with you. If you’re checking in for a group, make sure you tag your friends before you checkin, yourself.
Checking in with Facebook Places
Facebook has now posted its highly brushed up promotional video for Facebook Places it’s a glimpse into how the company hopes users will utilize its new location service. In the video, the Facebook team pitch the value of Places for enhancing everyday life. They cite examples of where Places can help connect friends or tell stories about what others did at places.
A lot has been said this week about Facebook’s new location product. Some believe that it spells big trouble for Foursquare, while others point to its potential impact on Yelp and countless local businesses.
Here is the video please let us know what you think of Facebook’s pitch for Places in the comments.
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