In a new feature rolled out late last night, Facebook now allows users of its iPhone app to check themselves and their friends into locations where they're hanging out, allowing their friends to follow them in real time. Oh, there's no way this can go wrong!
The most worrying aspect of Facebook Places is that you can be checked in by other people. So if you're skipping work, for example, and having lunch with a friend instead, they can check you both in and your boss could see it and fire you.
Fortunately, you need to opt-in to that privacy setting. The first time someone tries to check you in, you'll get an option to not allow them to do so or to allow other people to check you in. But once you approve one, you'll approve all future friend check-ins.
Not to mention the inherent weirdness of having all of your Facebook friends knowing where you are all the time. What do you think, will you use Facebook Places?