Facebook Places: Aiming their Sights on Google and Foursquare

August 19th, 2010 by Search Influence University

It looks like Facebook isn’t going to take Google’s attack lying down, and they’ve got Foursquare in their sights as well. They’ve just announced a new mobile application called Places, which allows users to check-in at various businesses they visit. Businesses can also claim their listings and post additional information. Does all this sound familiar? It’s essentially nothing more than a combination of Google Places and Foursquare.

So what’s the interface going to be like? It’ll display a map, a list of friends currently checked-in, and an activity stream with friends who have checked in there in the past. The best feature, in my opinion, is the ability to post stories or reviews to your wall by clicking the “Share” button. I assume it’ll also post a blurb on your wall when you just check-in as well, so it’s like word of mouth but on a much grander scale.

It’s currently available only in the United States to those who have the most current version of the iPhone application, or on touch.Facebook.com. It’ll be available to users of other mobile devices in the future, so all you Android users can stop whining!

So will it be able take down Foursquare and Google Places? Yes and no. Yes, it can take down Foursquare but Google Places will not be defeated. It’s too valuable on an SEO level to go by the wayside. Foursquare, on the other hand, is still a little too new. It‘s a David and Goliath battle… if David were a baby. It’s a genius move on Facebook’s part. It’s taking a popular social media tool and easily integrating it into their program. As much as I like Foursquare, it’s just another app to use on my phone. If I can do it all on Facebook, I will. Sorry, Foursquare!