Technology Highlights – Facebook Places Has Arrived

On Wednesday, Facebook launched its highly anticipated Places feature and there are already more articles on it than World War II. In one fell swoop of a sweet launch party, Facebook dominated the location game – but it’s not without its first launch flaws and privacy concerns. The feature, as you may imagine, allows you to tell your friends on Facebook where you are. However, you can also tag your friends as being there with you – without their permission. This could be concerning if someone checks you in to Vegas when you’re supposed to be home with the flu. What’s interesting is other location based apps, specifically Gowalla, Foursquare, Booyah, and Yelp, are integrating with the feature which begs the question, will Facebook kill off these predecessors, or help them grow? There’s no shortage of articles on the feature, but here’s their official “Appleesque” video describing it.

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