Facebook Places has launched in Canada today, after making its debut in the U.S a month ago. Following on from its success, the geoloction feature then rolled out to the UK and then Japan, making Canada the fourth country to have access to the check in feature.
Facebook Places was specifically made as a reply to sites like Foursquare whose location apps are rapidly rising in popularity. Users can check in to different physical locations, mainly through the company’s iPhone app. According to Mashable, “Facebook has previously had a rocky relationship with Canada as they didn’t comply with its privacy laws, eventually leading to intervention from the government.”
As a result of the issue with the Canadian Government, Facebook were forced to change their privacy settings. Let’s hope a similar fiasco does not arise again. If Facebook Places is going to put Foursquare out of business then it needs to be sharp and have no issues with privacy or usage. Hopefully it will also be free of technical faults as we have seen over the past day. Follow the link for the news that Facebook is up and running after last nights “DNS fault”.
What is your first opinion of Facebook places? Your comments are welcome.