Do you use Facebook Events? It’s a feature I like and end up using a lot.
(Saying that I don’t manage my calendar from Facebook and I find the export event feature a real pain. I tend to just copy paste to my GCal then sync with my mobile.)
Facebook has another really nice feature Places. It’s their entry into Locational Services and “Check-Ins” and at present is available mainly to iPhone and Android phones or on other Web enabled mobiles via the following URL: –
This feature allows the user to share their latest or real-time location.
How come Events and Places don’t converge and work together?
Places uses Bing Maps and has a “Get Directions” Feature but when I checked, it doesn’t use the last check-in as Start or End point.
If I was testing this feature I would definitely be reporting this as a bug.
If I accept an Event why doesn’t this piggyback on Places to offer me a route to the Event. Neat options would be: –
1. Give me a route now (at time of accepting the Event invite).
2. Offer me a route each time my location changes in Places.
3. Let me set an “alarm” for x hours before the Event to check my location and offer me a route to the Event.
So what do you think, should Facebook start maximizing these features to give users a more convergent experience? How important is an integrated location service to your social networking?