Facebook Places now live in the UK

It appears that Facebook have enabled users in the UK to use their Places service. This is the first full launch of the geo-location service in Europe after the feature launched in the United States and rolled out to Japan last week.

This feature rollout has been made official early this morning where The Next Web were in attendance and have answered a few questions about the service. They report that “At this stage, there will be no commercialization of Facebook Places in the UK, in terms of ads, just the ability to integrate Fan Pages with locations”. The website also reports that it is not currently possible to tag pictures or videos with a Places check in.

TechCrunch Europe are reporting that people have to “allow” themselves to be tagged in a location with someone else, appeasing some complaints people had with the service. It is also only possible to tag someone in a Places check in once someone is checked in to the place. TechCrunch also tweet that “Facebook's Place launch in the UK is the same product as the US. But they just used local data partners for the geo data”.

To access Places users will need to navigate to touch.facebook.com on a mobile device (with location aware features) where it is possible to both view all friends’ check ins and check in oneself.

Facebook haven’t announced when Places will be rolling out to other countries but have said there are now potentially 150 million users of the geo-location service.

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@lilrich, yes you can disable sharing your location with your fb friends, look in your fb settings.

but one thing you cant do is turn off the stream of checkins/location updates from your friends, its going to be yet another source of newsfeed spam for us, we are already overloaded with junk type messages from facebook applications and games and quizes and internal fb notifications such as friend x became freinds with person y, friend x likes topic y or website z, etc etc, im glad apps such as fb purity exist which combat the information overload fb foists upon us.

if you want your feed to be spam free too, check it out: http://www.fbpurity.com

Big Brother shall love this. How long until boss's are watching their peoples movements on sick days or holidays....

I give it 3months before someone is fired due to this feature

Elven said,
Big Brother shall love this. How long until boss's are watching their peoples movements on sick days or holidays....

I give it 3months before someone is fired due to this feature


That would only happen if you are stupid enough to actually use the Facebook Places feature when you're "off sick" AND your boss can see your Facebook Profile (Facebook Profiles doesn't automatically check you in). So unlikely.

Who would like to use places anyways...

Imagine this future classic teenager-mother conversation over the phone:
-Mom, i at home right now!
-No, you aren't, facebook tells me you're in the pub. And who's Emily?

Just use Gowalla if you don't have Places in your country. There's no difference to other Facebook users as for posts in your feed at least, since Gowalla now use the Facebook Places API. Globally.

The one difference would be that Gowalla doesn't integrate as well with where other Facebook users are at the moment, if they're nearby, etc. On the other hand - that info still reaches your friends that may be interested in that, since they still get it in their Facebook feeds.