PALO ALTO, Calif.–Facebook users are about to get a better idea of where their friends are.
At an invite-only press event at the company’s headquarters here, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled a new service called “Places” that will let users share their location with one another and more easily discover what’s around them from within the social network.
The feature, which CNET wind of ahead of its launch, will begin rolling out to users on Thursday, and centers around mobile devices, which Facebook members can use to send their location to Facebook the same way they’d post an update. Included are privacy controls that let users choose who can see it, which by default will be set to friends only.
Along with telling people where you are, users will be able to include who they’re with–that is, as long as they’re all friends on Facebook. This information gets pushed out along with the Facebook update and uses the same tagging system that Facebook employs for its photo-hosting service.