Facebook Places: Mobile Location Identification
To better help users Facebook created a video (see below) on how to use Places and control user settings for greater privacy.
The key to moving forward as internet services advance
is to assure account security and information privacy
as framed within a quality experience.
Places offers a unique way to geotag yourself and other Facebook users by “checking in” to locations like cafes, parks, clubs, schools, and stores much like Foursquare or Gowalla. Yet, Facebook can still improve Places and its website for users to make Places more accessible and easier to use and trust for users and parents.
5 Things Facebook Can Do To Improve Places
Here are five things Facebook could do to give greater user control and assuredness of privacy, while offering quality experience in Places.
- Set the User Default Settings to “Private” or “Only Me”
By setting the Facebook Places default setting to “Friends”
Facebook exposes all users to being tagged or identified
in any locations if a friend tags them, whether they are in
that location or not.
- Add Security Feature to block Work, Education
and Other Categories
Just like selective privacy settings using in Photos and Videos
or for your Wall, Facebook could add User Folders to Places
privacy settings block groups of selected “friends,” Facebook
could add a feature in Privacy Settings.
- Add Places icon on Home Page Apps Column
to Enable “Friend Discovery.”
This would add a conspicuous monitoring page of friend’s
who allow their locations to be discovered. Also a great to have
for conferences, when travelling in a group or family and at
large venues or public events.
- Add Places link on
Upper Menu Bar > Account Setting > Privacy page
This would give Places its own Category row for greater visibility
and easier access to user Places privacy controls.
- Disable Status Tagging feature
without select user approval.
Facebook should give users the default controls to choose if
and by whom they want to be tagged and identified at
a location when someone else tags them.
What would you suggest Facebook do? Share your ideas here.
Facebook is an innovation leader in the social web. With services like Facebook Places, Gowalla, Google Places, and Foursquare we will eventually be able to extend our personal reach and business communications with geo-targeted ads, real-time updates, customer feedback, group offers, auto-reservation services and check ins, and more.
The key to moving forward as internet services advance is assuring account security and information privacy as framed within a quality experience.
- Facebook Places Leaks Around the World, World Still Wary of Location-Statuses (fastcompany.com)
- How Facebook Places Boosted Foursquare Past the 3 Million Mark (sfgate.com)
- Facebook makes its move on Foursquare with Places (amoswhite3.com)
- Does Facebook Face A Google-Like Issue With “Like Farms” and “Like Buying”? (webpronews.com)
- Facebook Blows it Again (amoswhite3.com)
- How to Set Your Privacy Settings for Facebook Places: 14 Things To Do (amoswhite3.com)
- Andrew Weinreich: Check-ins vs. Persistent Location: How Big a Deal Is Facebook Places? (huffingtonpost.com)