More specifically, if you read the policy itself, it sounds like other people will be able to tag places with your name.
Here’s an excerpt:
“If another user tags you in a photo or video or at a place, you can remove the tag. You can also limit who can see that you have been tagged on your profile from your privacy settings.”
Making geotagging compatible with Fan Pages could make Facebook’s local pages a lot richer and maybe even competitive to Google’s Place Pages or Yelp’s listings. If you could tag an update or post with a venue, you probably attach comments, mini-reviews and photos to the Fan Page.
Interestingly enough, this follows along with a bigger trend that we’ve been seeing. Foursquare popularized the notion of “checking in” to a place, or temporarily sharing your location. But a number of recent startups we’ve seen are trying to pioneer the notion of “checking in” to other kinds of objects. Bazaar Labs recently launched Miso, a Foursquare-like app for TV, that lets you “check in” to shows.
From what we’ve heard about Facebook’s location strategy, the company perceives of itself as a platform to host a whole range of location-related experiences. While you may be able to “check in” or share your location on Facebook, the way they’ll implement location may not be exclusive of other services like Foursquare. That said, some of the biggest location-based apps like Gowalla, Loopt and Foursquare will have to find ways to differentiate themselves and offer something above and beyond the simple act of “checking in” to survive.
Tags: geolocation, location, Social networks