My first Tech-post as Pandarsis, yet to me this seems a bit… well… fluffy.
Good news though, it involves the iPhone!
Facebook has just released its latest update to its’ iPhone App and the biggest addition is the newly released “Places” feature, which is basically a replica/rival to FourSquare. For those of you not “in-the-know” (read: lives in a cave, ignores technology, has better things to do in life)…
Foursquare makes you feel good about yourself by allowing its’ users to ‘check-in’ to locations and broadcast how cool you are for being there, and then feel silly by becoming mayor due to the fact you visit said location far too often (Foursquare’s website).
The issue with Facebook creating a rival is mainly an adoption/user-base concern (for FourSquare). Facebook boasts an insane member base and continues to grow daily. Facebook has become so widespread and gigantuan that there is even a movie coming out detailing how it all began. Like Yahoo before Google, Foursquare was really the only source for something as cool as geo-tagging your location and dominating it or as FourSquare advertises it: “Unlocking your city”. If history is to led us to believe anything, it’s that FourSquare’s days as king are numbered, especially if they cannot find a way to outrun and outlast Facebook’s Places feature. After all, Facebook isn’t invincible.