If you are a regular visitor to an art gallery or for instance a library there is a high probability that you will end up being friends with a couple of people there if not all. The reason is pretty simple; common interests and the fact places such as these are more likely to have people connected compared to those like the parks, shopping malls or stadiums. Social networking sites come with a similar purpose; to connect friends, friends of friends and based on common interests. But researchers at the Cambridge’s Computer Library are putting forward another idea; connecting people based on places they visit.
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Facebook only recently introduced Facebook Places, partnering with all major players in the location based social networking arena like Gowalla, Foursquare, etc. They also released the new Facebook App [version 3.1.1] for the iPhone loaded with Places, but I guess it has been buggy. Yesterday Robert Scoble talked about the new feature from Facebook; Tag anywhere. Which actually had him tagged on places where he had never been, added with login issues.
Today, however the social network released version 3.2.2 for the application with fixes for the login issues. The new version is available on the App Store with the Update button on your iPhone. Other than, owing to the huge number of complains and requests from users, Facebook has also specifically mentioned that the app is only available for the users in the US. Though if you are outside the US you will still see the tab, but hitting it would only display a message stating it’s not available in your region [Non-US].
Remember we talked about Yelp upon its release of the Android App last year in December. The application is making headways as it is set to cross one million downloads as users leverage the update made recently.
The latest update lets users share their location on Yelp across other social sites like Twitter and Facebook. The growth has been phenomenal with almost a weekly growth of 50%. Yelp of course has over 2.5 million users actively using the application per month, of which a near half uses Android app. The growth for Yelp has been remarkable in the mobile section, growing faster than competitors like Foursquare. The team has taken up the challenge to make Yelp for feature and function rich and to better stand competing with Foursquare.
There has been quite a brouhaha over the location features coming to Facebook and we have had talked about how marketers are already eyeing in to utilize that feature [McDonalds for instance]. The idea isn’t new, as names like Gowalla and Foursquare have already made names with Foursquare recently hitting past 40 million check-ins. So why should Facebook stay away?
The social network has more than 400 million users and that makes introducing more features such as these ever more needful and logical to implement. Of course there are concerns associated to privacy and I bet many of the users would play down its implementation, I mean who would want to share their location as well [perhaps the last thing they own. However the social network has kept these issues in mind and will be providing this as as opt out option.