Facebook unveiled its Places feature yesterday. It rolled out the iPhone App yesterday and as an Android user, I’m sitting in the dark. I’m not sure why Facebook would roll out the iPhone App without rolling out the Android App except to tick me off. They have the resources to build out both applications and the infrastructure to support their traffic, why not build them both out?
That little gripe out of the way, the implications of Facebook Places are pretty incredible. I’ve been using FourSquare (the innovator in “check-ins”) for about 6 months and have had much to say about where I think the technology is going. The integration of this technology with Facebook is very powerful. You will be able to “tag” your friends in the same place, check-ins will show up in your feed and probably most importantly, the general public (i.e. the non-techies who aren’t willing to download a separate app for location check-in) will have access to the service.
Once I have a chance to use Facebook Places I’m sure I’ll have more to say, but I thought it was worth noting today.