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Gowalla Adds Sentimental Tagging with Highlights

Gowalla releases Highlights

GoWalla, the a location-based social networking service, released a new feature “Highlights” that’s out to build the world’s most social map.

Highlights lets you personalize different places with pre-defined category labels like “Date Night.” Thus, you can now tag your own personality or sentimental memory of a place around the world.

Read more on SocialTimes.

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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Facebook Blows It Again

An open letter.
Facebook blew it again. There is no disputing it.
Many, perhaps millions are upset, even distrustful of Facebook. The launch of Facebook Places put users privacy at risk. This again exhibits a repetitive practice of a seemingly careless company whose computer servers hold and serve out users personal information and identifying their locations to 3rd parties, advertisers and now potentially everyone.
Should Facebook users expect Facebook to change its behavior? Probably not. Should they expect another privacy policy change? *Sigh* To what end, even I would ask?
Users have received a privacy policy change in March of this year, 2010. And, oops, Facebook does it again with Places.
The time for a Federal Policy on computer privacy rights is now. Perhaps, in this particular instance for the federal government to step in and investigate the apparent lack of respect and blatant disregard for its citizen’s Constitutional rights to privacy. It is time for a national discussion that debates the online practices of Facebook and all other companies that use electronic communications and or computer servers to transmit, collect, store, access, manage, provide 3rd party access to, or resell the private citizen’s personal information and or data.
This is at least the fourth betrayal of privacy by Facebook of its users’ information in the past 4 years. What has to occur for there to be greater oversight or punitive measures put in place to deter a company from such practices?
This is not a post to berate Facebook.  The online social networking platform has provided both positive technological and social innovation and progress of historic proportion. Facebook ecosystem provides a previously unimaginable ability to reconnect, maintain, follow and grow relationships with past and current friends and consumers, with increasing business marketing and sales potentials.
However, Facebook users and even business and government, must press for greater accountability to protect citizens, netizens, the online users in the wake of Facebook’s latest privacy misstep. We must call on Facebook and other online companies to maintain users’ and businesses privacy rights as default privacy policy, and not as an elective check box that must be discovered to be unchecked.
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Facebook makes its move on Foursquare with Places

Facebook makes a bold move on Foursquare and Gowalla with its location based Facebook Places.

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Facebook offers Places as a killer location-based mobile app and also as a service that you can also directly access from your web browser.

Users of Foursquare will be in awe. Places features a slimmed down web based format that presents information in a format that’s most suitable for mobile web devices (see image below).  It is fully featured, offering access to your Home, Profile and Friends and Inbox.

Facebook Places launches

How do you compare Places?

Are you a Foursquare user or Gowalla user that’s used Places?
What do you think?

Read more post on Facebook here.
Learn more about Facebook Places on Facebook here.

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Video: How to Foursquare

What is Foursquare?

Still wondering about the online location-based social service? Check out this video.

[howcast url=http://www.howcast.com/videos/386406-How-To-Unlock-Your-World-With-Foursquare]


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