Facebook launch Foursquare rip-off 'Places' in the UK
Someone said to me recently that "Facebook is still the best thing to stalk people with." Chilling as it sounds, I think (hope) he meant that you can look at people's pictures and see what they've been up to. However, now that Facebook Places has finally launched in the UK, you can really get your stalk on.
If you don't know what 'Places' is, and care enough to continue reading this article so you can moan about Facebook invading people's privacy, then basically, it's Foursquare.
Now, if you don't know what Foursquare is (have you been living down a manhole for the past year?), you can read about it here.
Places and Foursquare can integrate, and both allow users to "check in" wherever they are and see who among their friends is at the same location. It also allows people you've never met to see where you are, enabling them to get a good look at your face, find you in a pub, and then follow you home to murder one off in your neck or something. Or, alternatively, they might buy you a pint. It really depends on your view of other humans.
Places is available in the US and now the UK for various smartphones through Facebook's mobile site, with other countries to come.
Be warned though - constant updates about whichever pointless cafe you're currently farting in will invariably incur the wrath of everyone you know. Also, it's worth pointing out that, at the time of press, Facebook Places doesn't have any money-off or freebie offers in the same way Foursquare does.