'Facebook Places' Is a Go

'Facebook Places' lets users find out where their friends are
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 18, 2010 11:43 PM CDT

Facebook users already know what their friends are doing, now they can find out where they're doing it. The social networking giant has unveiled its new "Facebook Places" location-feature, which allows users to "check in" to a location and post it onto their profiles, CNET reports. The feature lets users can "tag" people they're with and find out what's around them, Mark Zuckerberg said at a press conference at Facebook headquarters.

The company is working with Yelp, Foursquare, and other firms to integrate their services with the new feature. Facebook says the default privacy setting for the feature is "Friends Only" and users will be able to opt out of checking in. "This is not a service to broadcast your location at all times, but rather one to share where you are, who you are with, when you want to,” the product manager for Places said at the launch. “It lets you find friends that are nearby and help you discover nearby places.” Click here for a roundup of reactions to the new feature.
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