Almost two years after the launch of Facebook Places, foursquare has finally activated native Facebook place tagging when you choose to share check-ins with your Facebook friends.
Like standard Facebook check-ins (or place tags), your foursquare check-ins now appear on the Facebook map found at the top of user timelines. Any photos posted with the check-in also appear there. When you check in at a business with a Facebook page, you’ll find that the check-in is linked to the proper page.
Strangely, the check-ins do not appear in the “nearby” view found in the Facebook mobile apps.
Foursquare was originally named as a launch partner for Facebook’s Places initiative (including an on-stage appearance by VP of Mobile and Partnerships Holger Luedorf at the launch event), but never integrated with it. Sending that data to Facebook (in a way they could actually use it programatically) was seen by many as a raw deal for foursquare since they’d be handing valuable location history data to Facebook.
Previously, foursquare reported that approximately 20% of check-ins were shared with Facebook. This change means it makes sense to send more of your interesting check-ins to Facebook since they actually have a lasting appearance on the site. As foursquare’s new history page does for browsing our personal history, this now makes it possible for our friends’ to browse our location history (at least what’s shared with Facebook) and see the places we’ve been.
What do you think of the change?
/Thanks to David Wilder for the tip!