Poll: Will you check-in with Facebook Places?

August 18, 2010 — 8 Comments
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Early today Facebook announced Facebook Places a way for Facebook users to check into locations. Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook places was created for three main reasons:
1. To help people share where they are
2. To show people/places around you
3. To show what’s going on and discover new places around you

As some of you know there are over 67 location-base applications such as TriOut, Brightkite, Whrrl, Loopt along with the applications that presented at Facebook HQ tonight that included Gowalla, Foursquare, Yelp and MyTown. Now we can officially add Facebook to the list of location-based apps, making it over 68. Facebook Places will be available tomorrow at http://touch.facebook.com and the soon to be updated iPhone app. With all the concern about Facebook privacy and check-in fatigue are users willing to ditch their favorite location-based app and use Facebook Places alone being that all of your friends are suppose to be on Facebook? I know, I’m not but what about you? Let me know by taking the will you check-in with Facebook Places poll below.


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8 responses to Poll: Will you check-in with Facebook Places?

  1. I, and many others I think, really don’t trust Facebook with our privacy information. Places potentially has an uphill battle. If every Facebook feature is launched with the conversation about “how you should turn it off” and protect yourself from it, it’s not a good thing. They have a big image problem. People don’t want to be bothered with privacy changes every month or two. Other questions pop up like, what level of access do all the random Facebook apps have to our location information now? I haven’t seen this angle discussed yet.

  2. I don’t trust FB as far as I can throw ‘em. Yet, I really like the ability to connect with the people I choose to connect with and so for months now, I have found myself in a conundrum – delete my account or continue using it staying on top of the changes so as to be sure my account is as private as I choose to make it. The idea that FB is going location is not foreign nor surprising. However, from a female standpoint, I have opted not to enable the service & have chosen to instead continue to utilize either Foursquare (or TrioOut) if I want to choose to promote my location & the business in which I’m located at.

    When it comes to any location-based service, I have to be careful. As a woman, I think that’s important…and safe. As long as FB allows users to opt-out of the service, then I’m good.

  3. I’m with Rab. Facebook has too many tentacles and an extremely poor track record regarding privacy issues. I tried it out to see it work, but I will be shutting it down unless I see a compelling benefit to me. And that will have to be REALLY compelling!

  4. I have no problem with Facebook or their privacy or lack there of. I am excited to check in with Places but I will not check in at home.

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