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Friday, August 20, 2010

Can You Protect Your Privacy From Facebook Places?

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On August 18, Facebook introduced  Places, a new location feature that competes with other popular location services like Google Latitude, Foursquare, Loopt, and Gowalla. Places allows users to 'check in' to locations and to tag their friends as present (similar to tagging friends in photos). Everyone who is checked in to the location can see who else is listed as "Here Now" for a few hours after they check in. If you are checked in to a location, Places creates a thread in your friends' News Feeds and places a notice in the location's page's Recent Activity section. Places will roll out over the next few days.

Note that even if you do not desire to report your location in Places, your friends might tag you as "Here Now" - even if you're not.

Places is Facebook's most significant launch since the highly controversial release of  Connections and Instant PersonalizationRead more about the controversy:

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