Facebook’s New “Places” Service Introduces Location-Specific Functionality

August 19, 2010, By Radimir Bobev

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, has just announced that the company has added a new feature to their service, called Facebook Places. According to Zuckerberg, this is the company’s first attempt into entering the field of location-based services.

The service is aimed at smartphone users, and it’s based on the functionality of various pre-existing services like Foursquare, Yelp and others. The service has been designed with several goals in mind, the primary one being to allow people to share their current location to their social network, as well as see which of their friends are in their vicinity. You could also use the app to discover new interesting places through your friends’ profiles.

Zuckerberg continued to state that privacy has been a major concern when designing the new service, in accordance with the recent criticism aimed at Facebook for downplaying this aspect of their service. Let’s hope this won’t turn into another invasion of our private lives as people we barely know (but have added as friends) start popping up “randomly” around the corner.

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