Yesterday the good people at Facebook PR gave me a briefing on some of the changes coming through from the grand social network. It's great getting the inside story from brands, as you often come to your own conclusions when there is a launch based on what a bunch of bloggers and media have to say. Facebook announced a 'kitchen sink' of new features on Tuesday night, and the one the stood out for me was the killing off of Facebook Places.
Judging by the briefing notes, it seems the plan for Facebook is to integrate location based info, ie the check-in, into the status update. A video on what's happening to Places is here on Facebook's 'location' page. I think this is really interesting as it makes the check-in or the location-based bit of social networking much more integrated into the overall experience.
It's good timing for me too. I did a talk last week at the Chartered Institute of PR on how to get the most out of Foursquare and Facebook Places. Updating my talk with the above brings it all bang up to date... here are the slides I used.