Facebook just announced plans to abandon the “Places” feature inside its mobile application…This looks like a tacit admission that Foursquare is winning the check-in battle, after Facebook failed to crush the upstart despite an incredibly large mobile userbase. What worked for Foursquare didn’t work for Facebook. Now Facebook will have to figure out its own way to get users sharing location data instead of copying Foursquare.
—Business Insider on the battle between foursquare and Facebook’s check-in features
This earthquake apparently shook up more than just the east coast, seeing as Facebook has rolled out significant changes. While these adjustments range from Places check-ins to privacy settings, Tech Crunch hypothesizes that these changes are a reaction to Google+.
While you can check out full details of the changes here, I’m most excited about the new photo approval settings. Now, you can tag anyone in a photo (friend or not), but the catch is “you will always be able to approve these tags before they go live on your profile.” They’ve also changed the detag process, where a user can detag a photo completely, or just remove it from your profile.
These are just a few of the new options Facebook has given users to be completely in control of what shows up on your profile. We’re digging it. A lot.
While technology has certainly come a long way, we live in a society that is completely dependent on it, so I think we’re allowed to be nit-picky. At least Business Insider thinks so, as it’s compiled a list of the 12 most annoying things that should be at the forefront of the minds in Silicon Valley. These small fixes could really make these products that much better. We agree with a lot of the list, and we’re sure you will, too, if you are connected to technology even a little bit. What’s the most annoying thing to you?