5 Things Facebook Can Do To Improve Facebook Places for Users

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Facebook Places:  Mobile Location Identification

The mobile app Facebook Places recently launched with quite a storm over its lack of privacy setting for Facebook users.

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Read Facebook’s blog here.  Or leave a Comment here.

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