Facebook's made it easy for its half a billion customers to connect virtually. Now, the social networking site's helping with face-to-face connections.
Facebook's new 'places' feature automatically puts the word out when a user checks in via cellphone from a given location. All of their facebook friends will know. It's territory pioneered earlier by such websites as Foursquare and Gowalla. But with Facebook, there is a hitch as Wilson Rothman, tech editor of Msnbc.com explains, "If you want your friends to see where you are in a particular place, you have to also let strangers see where you are."
That's because if your locale has a facebook "places" page, your presence will be noted there too...for any facebook client to see. Facebook friends can also check you in---whether you know it or not---unless you adjust your privacy settings to prevent it.