As anticipated this week Facebook has now launched its new location check-in service Places. Places is Facebooks take on the popular Foursquare location and friend tagging service.
The Places service is currently available through Facebook’s touch-friendly version of the site, together with the Facebook iPhone app and will launch in the US only first.
You can tag friends with you while checking in to locations, and Places will automatically check you in and create a news feed story showing where you are.
Users will also be able to browse shops, clubs and nearby venues to see which friends are nearby, leading to concerns it could put individual’s security at risk.
After a string of controversies around the safety of the site, Facebook simplified its privacy settings in May and will be acutely aware of the scrutiny to which its new location feature will be subjected
Facebook has also opened up API access to Places for developers and partners to use.
Via Ubergizmo Via BGR