This was inevitable, and I think “grows” is a bit out-of-context. The feature launched last week so any growth measurement is premature.
I did notice a few people in my News Feed were using Places, and frankly, I was a bit surprised with at least one, knowing him IRL. I’ve yet to follow up to see what value he sees in Places, but I’m definitely interested to hear his thoughts.
This quote from the Crunchgear post says a lot:
Never mind the fact the such information, to a random friend on a hopelessly large friend list, is pretty much useless: what good does it do me to know that my friend at [sic] pizza at 9:30pm somewhere in Queens? No good, exactly.
Agreed. The relevance of Places information is highly subjective and dependent on the relationship with the friend.
Have you started using Places? What about people in your circle of friends? Thoughts on it, location services in general?
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