Yet again, Facebook has demonstrated their utter lack of understanding for personal boundaries and any sense of appropriate privacy. One of the things you can do with Facebook Places that you can’t with Foursquare, Gowalla, etc., is check your friends in.
Bad idea. Really bad idea. If I choose to tell the world where I am 24/7, that’s my prerogative. I can even live with people tweeting things like “I’m at #BATHH with @ScottAllen @LaniAR @KateBuckJr & other cool peeps.” But the idea of people creating structured, archived data about my location is just really unnerving. The potential for misuse is staggering.
I echo Laurie Ruettimann’s sentiment:
More on what’s wrong with Facebook Places at Social Media Today.