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Facebook unveils location-sharing feature

Imagine getting stuck in an unknown city and wondering where your pals are? Fret not! With the new Facebook application, Facebook Places, users can get a better idea of where their friends are.

tech reviews Updated: Aug 19, 2010 19:11 IST

Imagine getting stuck in an unknown city and wondering where your pals are? Fret not! With the new Facebook application, Facebook Places, users can get a better idea of where their friends are.

With the new application, users can "check in" to a location and post it onto their profiles for all to see just the way you update your status message, CNET reported.

This app not only lets you know where your friends are, you can also tag your friends and find out what is happening around you from within the social network.

FacebookThe tagging system is similar to that of photo-tag application.

After the recent backlash from users regarding privacy settings, the default privacy setting for the feature are "Friends Only". The users can choose to opt out of checking in the application.

The feature allows you to share, at your wish, where you are, with whom you are and who amongst your friends are located in the same location as yours. Simply put, it finds your friends who are nearby and helps you discover nearby places.

In order to integrate this feature with mobile web services, social-networking giant, Facebook is working with Yelp, Foursquare, and other firms.