Facebook Places launches in Australia
Facebook Places, which launched in Australia today, will allow Facebook users to share their location with friends. So if you’re enjoying a coffee in Brunswick Street, Brisbane and your friend is nearby, you’ll be alerted – and like magic, you can have a random catchup. This new feature is set to open up new real-life connection opportunities.
“But what about my privacy!?” you say? According to the Sydney Morning Herald’s article “Facebook stressed the service would be opt-in and users would have to check in to venues before their location was revealed on their page. The default privacy setting would be to share with “friends only” and users can even restrict location sharing to specific friends or groups of friends.” Phew…
How can you access it? If you’re a Facebook user (most likely, given that 9 million Aussies are!), you can access Places via your Facebook iPhone Application. If you’re a user of other smartphones that support HTML5, try touch.facebook.com.
How does it work? When you open up Places you’re presented with a list of venues near you, which are ranked according to distance and other factors. You then “check in” somewhere and can see recent “check ins” from your friends and their comments. You’ll also get notifications if your friends “check in” somewhere close to you.
If you’re struggling to work out how Facebook Places work, I recommend you watch this quick video.
So, will you be opting in to open the door to “serendipitous” catch-ups?
Yours in social media,