Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has confirmed that location-based features will be launched on the social network in the near future.
The confirmation came during a Facebook Developers Garage event in London. Zuckerberg said, “We are finishing designing our application soon and hope to offer it soon.”
Ever since Twitter talked about delivering location-based services, there has been speculation about Facebook following their lead and launching some location-based features.
The New York Times was probably the first to report, in March, that Facebook would allow users to share their location details by April. When that did not happen, Advertising Age said in May, that the features would be launched by June.
Facebook reportedly had to put aside several projects that were in the developmental stages, including the location feature, in order to sort out the problems that arose from their new privacy interface.
Now that Twitter has already gone live with Places, the Facebook team has made the time to concentrate on building location awareness. However, there is still no clarity about how the features will function and how they will affect the user as well as the market. If history is anything to go by, it will most likely be very similar to Twitter Places!