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Using Facebook Places

Will You Use Facebook Places?

I don't think Facebook Places was a big surprise when the company announced its launch earlier this week. What did surprise me were all the partners that will be working with Facebook and their new location API — Gowalla, Foursquare, Yelp, and Booyah to start with.

Although there are plenty of other location apps to choose from (some of which give you rewards for using), it seems that Facebook is the Goliath to contend with now — it has 500 million users built-in, while other, newer location-based companies are competing to get a smaller piece of the pie. I'm curious to know — will you use Facebook Places, or are you uninterested in using the new feature?

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bunnyhorse bunnyhorse 5 years
I agree with the other commenters who have said they don't use ANY check in apps. Looks like your poll was missing a pretty popular option! I think they're creepy.
juicebox07 juicebox07 5 years
I don't use any apps like that. Way too stalkerish.
aylee aylee 5 years
I chose No. But like all the others, I don't use any check in apps. I like a little privacy.
Yesi-Jukebox Yesi-Jukebox 5 years
Nope, never! All of these apps that let strangers and "friends" know exactly where you are are dangerous.
aniline aniline 5 years
I have an assortment of friends in my neighborhood, and we don't really make plans to see each other because we just run into each other all the time. I already have my settings so only they can see where I am, so I'll probably use it so they can occasionally see where I am and join me if they're so inclined. The main advantage Facebook has over Foursquare is that even though my real name is attached to it, I can specifically say who sees it and my friends don't have to sign up for it, they're already on Facebook. Foursquare has a lot of potential for coupons & offers, but not enough people offer them for it to be worthwhile.
aniline aniline 5 years
I have an assortment of friends in my neighborhood, and we don't really make plans to see each other because we just run into each other all the time. I already have my settings so only they can see where I am, so I'll probably use it so they can occasionally see where I am and join me if they're so inclined. The main advantage Facebook has over Foursquare is that even though my real name is attached to it, I can specifically say who sees it and my friends don't have to sign up for it, they're already on Facebook. Foursquare has a lot of potential for coupons & offers, but not enough people offer them for it to be worthwhile.
sourcherries sourcherries 5 years
^ Agree with Hex et al. Find Foursquare, etc. to be annoying and possibly dangerous (to the one telling the internet his/her whereabouts).
foxie foxie 5 years
Granted, I don't completely understand how Places works, but isn't that exactly the sort of thing you're NOT supposed to do online? Broadcasting when you aren't at home?
arcticpuppet arcticpuppet 5 years
nope. i don't want other people knowing where i am.
Purrsnickety Purrsnickety 5 years
No I won't use it and no I don't use Foursquare or anything similar. I don't need people to know when I go to the doctor, to the gym, to the supermarket. WHO CARES?!?!
le-romantique le-romantique 5 years
I never used location-based networking until this facebook one. I adjusted the privacy settings so only my 5 close friends can see, at the rare occasion that I update, in case they want to join along in the fun.
goddessru goddessru 5 years
No, thank you! I'd like to keep some privacy in my life!
chequettex chequettex 5 years
No check-in apps for me! I don't want most people knowing where I am and where I'm not. I'm not sneaky - it's just none of their business. If someone needs to know where I am, I'll tell them myself.
coffeemug2007 coffeemug2007 5 years
Yes — I'll use Facebook Places I use when I an @ Starbucks or public library out of my house
coffeemug2007 coffeemug2007 5 years
Yes — I'll use Facebook PlacesI use when I an @ Starbucks or public library out of my house
angri angri 5 years
I'm with the other commenters--I don't use check-in apps. Even if they didn't seem like a one-way ticket to stalkers and burglars, what's the point? If I want someone to know where I am, I'll tell them directly. For everyone else, it's just a feed-clogger.
weffie weffie 5 years
^ agreed. it could be dangerous, and who really cares anyway? i don't give a flying foofoo where my friends ate lunch, and i'd be willing to bet they feel the same.
runningesq runningesq 5 years
Exactly, hex. There are people I'm "friends" with that I wouldn't necessarily want to know where I am at all times.
hex913 hex913 5 years
I'd like to amend the "No" answer to say, "No - I don't use any check-in apps." I feel they're dangerous, especially if people find out your not at home, you are leaving yourself vulnerable to burglary. And they are a hazard to your personal safety too, you may inadvertently start a following of stalkers.
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