Facebook Places ‘boring’ says Foursquare chief

Dennis Crowley, the co-founder of Foursquare, a location-based social network, has called Places, Facebook’s new check-in tool, “boring” and “unexciting”.

Crowley, said he had now had time to play around with Facebook’s new location tool, which directly rivals his own product by allowing people to share their location with their network, through checking into bars, clubs and restaurants on their mobile phone.

He said: “I have now had a chance to play around with Facebook Places and it’s not that great or interesting. It’s a pretty boring service, with barely any incentives for users to keep coming back and telling their friends where they are.

“The only interesting thing about Places is that it has a potential audience of over 500 million people around the world… but that can only be a good thing for location-based services, like Foursquare, as Facebook will educate the masses about check-ins.”

Facebook declined to comment.

At the end of last week Facebook launched Places in the US.The new tool lets users share their location in a very similar fashion to popular location-based social networks such as Foursquare and Gowalla. People’s friends on the site can see if their friends are near them at any time, if they have chosen to check-into their current location.

Source by telegraph.co.uk


17 responses to this post.

  1. nice blog


  2. I think he’s right


  3. Nice Share Thanks


  4. Is anyone using Facebook Places. Its only available for iPhone / iPod touch and some browsers supporting HTML5 and geo-location tagging.


  5. Waste of time!!


  6. He is right


  7. Never used it, Foursquare does not work very well where i live


  8. It’s a start. And Facebook’s millions could quickly make Foursquare pretty boring (out of business).


  9. Posted by Eliot on August 23, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Well he would say that wouldn’t he. However, he does have a point regarding increasing awareness for Foursquare. The day after Facebook announced Place, Foursquare registration rocked.

    I bet Facebook were happy to hear that! Not.


  10. Facebook places is not boring but Foursquare is more exciting


  11. Posted by Maria on August 23, 2010 at 11:27 am

    he is definitely right…


  12. Competitor always disgrace others thing, so he is a good businessman i can say.,


  13. Facebook sucks.


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