Facebook Places App
Have you heard of the new Facebook Places Directory? Many didn’t. The launch wasn’t widely publicized.
What is well known is that Facebook knows a great deal of information about its user- where we go, how often we go, what days we are there, who we went with, and more.
What does that mean?
Everyone is aware that people talk- and people talk online.
Facebook Places combines friends talking online with specific cities and places.
For example, if a person is looking for a restaurant in Minneapolis- they can see posts from their friends who have gone to restaurants in Minneapolis. The reviews that were given by his/her friends will scroll at the bottom.
Statistics show that 79% of consumers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations (searchengineland.com). So with Facebook Pages, users get the best of both worlds- an online review by their friends at the click of a mouse. With over 1 billion users on Facebook, "word of mouth" (or click of mouse-if you will) can spread pretty quickly.
Is it poised to replace Yelp or other local search and travel sites? Probably not- but there’s something to be said about Facebook and it’s power to connect us to our friends and their opinions.