That was fast: just 24 hours after Facebook unveiled its geolocation and "check-in" service, Facebook Places, ambitious start-up Topguest tells CNET that it's already worked Facebook Places into its hotel loyalty points offering.
Topguest, which aims to partner with hotel chains, restaurants, airports, and other travel- and hospitality-related venues to power rewards programs for frequent customers, now counts Facebook Places among the check-in services that it aggregates. It joins the likes of Foursquare, Gowalla, Loopt, and Yelp.
Topguest CEO Geoff Lewis told CNET that the start-up was able to launch Facebook Places integration so quickly simply because … Read more
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There was something very much in the vein of Utopian science-fiction fantasies to Facebook's announcement of "Places," its location-based "check-in" product that it launched on Wednesday night. (CNET was the first to report its impending debut last week.) In short, Facebook not only wants to be the digital sovereignty toward which all other geolocation apps direct their figurative roads, it also wants to be the Web's own omniscient historian.
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The long-rumored geolocation "check-in" feature at Facebook is slated to debut within weeks, multiple sources familiar with the matter told CNET.
It's going to take the form of an application programming interface (API) for third-party companies on the Facebook developer platform, integrating existing "check-in" start-ups more deeply into the massive social-networking service and in turn permitting location-aware data to become a part of existing platform applications.
Facebook declined to provide much detail. "We are working on location features and product integrations, which we'll be launching in the coming months, and we'll share … Read more
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Despite the press, geolocation service Foursquare is still pretty small. But it's proven influential in another way: the phenomenon of "checking in" has spread beyond telling people where you are, and a handful of services now focus on letting you "check in" to what you're doing--whether it's attending a concert or reading one of those ubiquitous Stieg Larsson novels.