Written by Terry Van Horne
Facebook Adopts the Google Buzz Strategy
It seems that the Facebook is copying the strategy Google employed with their Buzz product. To Google's credit at least they didn't use the same name for what is essentially the same service. Both "Places" services on these Internet Bohemoth's identify a Place. In Google's case it is information about a Place. In the case of Facebook it seems more about stalking people in a Place but it also sounds like it could be part of their monetization strategy if they charged for 'checkins' at businesses.
I Smell a Miserable Failure!
Facebook Places will be doing checkins ala' Gowalla and 4Square. Are you sensing a trend? Yes this is all based on things Google and other Social Sites are doing better elsewhere! So after finally removing 'checkins' from my twitter stream I will now commence to unfriending those who add this crap to walls. If I'm not with ya' and I aint' at the event you are do I really care? And if I barely know you from Adam... do I really care where you are and what you are doing. Maybe if you are "doing" my better half... otherwise. .. Just another face in the endless stream!
Another Privacy Indiscretion!
So once again the Social geniuses launch a new service as active, even though it is possible you may not even know about Facebook Places (come out from underneath that rock). You may even be wondering how Google Places got on Facebook? Sure it is only for mobile phones but there is definitely a chance someone will unknowingly tell all their friends they just 'checkedin' to Miss Lee's Rub and Tug!
I am wondering how Facebook Blog can post this and not mention anywhere how to turn Facebook Places off. Told you everything but how to protect your right to privacy!