Facebook “Places and check-ins” was launched in August 2010 — alomst a year later, Facebook is now planning on bringing a few new features to their Places product.
With Recommend This Place, Pages with Places functionality have been given powerful new viral channel. This’ll operate much like the “Suggest To Friends” page functionality that was limited only to admins earlier this year.
Appearing in the top right corner of Pages with a street address to users who live nearby, the module reads “Help your friends discover great places to visit by recommending [Page Name]” above a text field. Users can write a short recommendation, set its new feed visibility privacy setting, and submit it. The recommendation is then published to the news feed and displayed to friends browsing that Page in a “Recommendations From Friends” module in the right sidebar.
Recommend This Place could also help users who are looking to check-in to a location by displaying recommendation stats along with business names, but this’s purely speculation at this point.
In March this year, users were provided with the ability to “Suggest Edits”, or fill out missing data fields and submit them for approval. Now Facebook will be more actively looking to fill in missing information for the most popular locations in each city. To do this, it has added a Community Edits tab the the left navigation menu of Pages for cities.
When clicked, the tab displays incomplete listing for five Places that receive a lot of check-ins in that city, and a header explains that “The Community Edits tab lets you share your knowledge about places in [city] and makes Facebook Places more useful. Add details about places, report duplicates, and more”. Users can then complete empty data fields such as “website” and choose the proper category from a typeahead.
The most popular places (by check-in) are shown and users are given the ability to add missing information directly on the community tab!
[Via: Inside Facebook]