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28 August 2012

Facebook to get a Nokia geolocation app tomorrow?

Rumor (as started by Techcrunch) has it that a partnership between Nokia and Facebook will be announced tomorrow that will involve Nokia Maps and geolocation being incorporated (sort of) into the world’s largest social networking platform.

Tomorrow brings the beginning of the Nokia World conference, at which Facebook’s director of mobile, Henri Moissinac, will use his keynote address to announce the new location integration.  But unlike Twitter with its upcoming geolocation API, Facebook’s geolocation feature won’t be built into the platform, just provided by Nokia in application form.  Apparently Plazes, the LBS social network Nokia purchased last year, will provide the underlying framework for the app.

The app is said to allow users to add location information to status updates, which would appear on Ovi Maps.  Furthermore, it appears that “checking in” to places, the feature that’s made Foursquare a hit, will have a place in the app.  Hopefully, and probably given the keynote speaker, the app will have a mobile focus so anyone with a GPS-enabled mobile phone will be able to use it.  This will give it a pretty awesome user base to start from.

In the end though, this still isn’t Facebook integrating geolocation directly into its platform.  Once that happens, it will be interesting to see what developers could do with an associated API if the company decides to make one available.

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