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Facebook Ups the Stalker Quotient, Adding Location-Based Updates

Facebook Ups the Stalker Quotient, Adding Location-Based Updates
Facebook is taking a break from the constant, user-infuriating redesigns to add an honest-to-goodness new feature -- location updates (which will probably be user-infuriating, anyway). Location awareness is all the rage for social networks as GPS has become a standard feature on most smartphones. Twitter, Google Buzz, Google Latitude, and Foursquare have all tightly interwoven these features into their respective services, and Facebook doesn't want to get left in the dust.

According to the New York Times, Facebook is set to unveil location-based updates at next month's F8, the Facebook developer conference. Those with keen eyes have known this was coming for quite some time. In November, Facebook updated its privacy policy to include the following statement: "When you share your location with others or add a location to something you post, we treat that like any other content you post."

Soon, your Facebook news feed will be littered with friends' updates, letting you know exactly where they are. Potentially more disturbing, the location-based tools will be available to developers, as well. Expect a Facebook-based piece of malware that tracks your every move to debut sometime this summer.

The real question, of course, is whether or not users want this. Facebook may have a great app for the iPhone, but the site itself wasn't originally designed with mobility in mind. Twitter and Buzz were built from the ground up to be used on the go, but Facebook lends itself to deeper interaction, better suited for sitting down in front of a computer screen. [From: New York Times]

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