Google Places versus Facebook Places
Google are certainly not resting on their laurels. A few days ago they announced a preview of Google Places API, about the same time that Facebook released write access to Facebook Places. I can smell a hairy fight coming up between the giants, but hopefully the winner will be the best one for users and developers.
This could be the big thing of 2011. I’m eagerly awaiting it for sure. Of course there are similar beasts available, but none with a company such as Google backing it up. So enjoy your Gowalla and Foursquare while they still breathe.
While waiting for it to go full throttle, there are lots of other neat things to have a look at. Check out Chris Heilmann’s addmap, community-based geotargeting from hostip.info and W3C’s Geolocation API. Maps are cool!