Winner Takes It All

Last week Facebook announced in its privacy setting updates that it was doing away with the Places feature on smartphones and integrating location into posts.  This seems like a big win for Foursquare but I hope that Facebook hasn’t thrown in the towel on check-ins yet.

While larger urban area may have a higher Foursquare usage than smaller cities, at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge, it seems that Facebook Places wins the check-in battle with 280 check-ins versus  237 on Foursquare. While this is by no means a blowout, it is enough to ask why Facebook would forfeit, especially when Facebook Places has the distinct advantage of being more social than Foursquare solely because it already a part of an established social network that most people and their dogs are on.

What will be interesting to see is how Facebook will integrate check-in deals with the new location sharing platform. And if it works, how soon until Twitter does something similar?

Winner takes it all
Loser takes a fall
Fight to the beginning of the end
Winner takes it all
‘Til he breaks the fall
In time he’ll make it over the top