Facebook launches its new location tracker

Facebook’s new location-aware Places feature has been launched in Australia.

The feature, which has been called by some people as ‘Stalkbook’, lets users ‘check in’ to tell your friends where you are, and in turn find out where those same friends are also.

Facebook has been at pains to explain that the feature is strictly opt-in, meaning users have to actively start using it for it to appear on your profile.

There is also a default privacy setting for displaying your check-ins is ‘friends only’.

To access Places, users will either need to use the Facebook app on an iPhone, or access the touch.facebook.com mobile website from any web-enabled mobile phone.

The feature, which is very similar to another geo-tagging mobile phone application called ‘Foursquare’, will be available for download by Australian users as of tomorrow.