Facebook to kill ‘Places’, foursquare gets the advantage

While Facebook was rolling out some  changes to its privacy policies today, the company also quietly announced it was killing off the foursquare-like Places function inside of its mobile app.

The company has discontinued the feature  offering  check-ins. Instead, they have added the capability to add locations to sharing individual posts.

Facebook spoke about the new changes: Far from concentrating on what others are doing, we’re 100 percent focused on continuing to build an amazing product that changes the way people experience the world around  them. 

The location-based service was pretty inactive judging from my Facebook friends, and there really was no point of checking in on Facebook unless you really wanted your friends to know who you were hanging out with, and where. For everything else, there’s  foursquare which I myself am a huge fan of and not to mention a Level 2 Super user 🙂

foursquare has to be happy about this, though the company declined to say anything about the death of Places. It did use the opportunity to toot its own horn.

Far from concentrating on what others are doing, we’re 100 percent focused on continuing to build an amazing product that changes the way people experience the world around them,  a Foursquare spokesperson

The New York-based foursquare has been on a bit of a roll with a slew of announcements the past few months. A week ago, the startup added the ability to  check into events with friends, and in mid-July it  partnered with several daily deals sites  to offer better deals to customers who checked-ins.

As of July, Foursquare has  more than 10 million users  and has had more than  half a million businesses  sign up to offer specials. The company recently  raised a $50 million funding round  with a valuation of $600 million

 

via: VentureBeat