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Mid Term Elections Meet Location Based Services

The US mid term elections are already over. Now, when almost all media attention is gone, I think it is a good time to review the role taken by location based services in this round of elections. Since LBSs were only at their very early phase of deployment during the last elections, it is interesting to see the part they played now.

The idea of harnessing social media to increase civil participation is not new. As you may recall, during the 2009 elections Facebook, youtube, twitter and many other platforms played a key part in the process of raising awareness to the importance of voting.

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How Facebook Places will bring location based services to the mainstream

It has been a week since Facebook announced the launch of their new service, Places. In a nut shell, Places brings the integration of location into our Facebook accounts and displays a Check-In notice on our wall, just like a status message. The service has launched gradually throughout the days and now more and more users can use this new functionality on their smartphone.

This new service wasn’t a surprise to people that deal (work, fund or research) social networks since the word about its development  was around for quite a while now. Nonetheless, the press conference that was held received a vast coverage both in US and international media. Many people, especially tech-savvy users, downloaded the new application with the built in location check in function and started using it. It didn’t took long for notes to appear on blogs and forums saying that there is nothing there. Read more →