Facebook Geo Location Sharing Feature - Places

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I think Facebook got inspiration from Twitter, now Facebook introduced a new feature called “places “, that allows you to “check-in” places based on your GPS position.With “places “ feature you can share your geographic location with your friends. Also You can tag friends with you and Places will automatically check you in and create a news feed story showing where you are.

    Key features of Facebook Places:

  • Helps you know where you are
  • Helps others know where you are
  • Locate your friend’s location and tag nearby friends
  • Discover new places around you
  • “Starting today, you can immediately tell people about that favorite spot with Facebook Places”, says Michael Eyal Sharon, Places product manager for Facebook.

Facebook’s iPhone app was now updated with the Places feature and has smart privacy controls where the default setting for check-ins will visibility to friends only. This service draws a lot of features from the already existing location based services like Foursquare, Gowalla and Yelp.

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Currently the service will only be available as an iPhone app and Facebooks says for now “Places” feature is available for Android and other smart phones through special web site touch.facebook.com , but your mobile browser should support HTML 5 and geolocation feature. Apps for these & other devices are rolling out soon.As of now this service or feature available only in U.S.