This morning Facebook turned on Places in a number of new countries, including Bulgaria, Brazil, India, Egypt, South Africa, the Philippines and Israel, according to our readers.
International support is not only valuable for users but also for developers who are building services on top of the Facebook Places application programming interface. Given that Foursquare has experienced a large amount of growth abroad, it’s not surprising to see Facebook increase their service internationally. In addition to helping out developers, who will benefit from the Facebook Places search API, Facebook will probably see a dramatic increase in the volume of check-ins given their massive international presence.
With more than 65 percent of Facebook users living outside the U.S., this will definitely be a welcomed addition. While Foursquare and competing applications continue to try to gain a piece of the check-in business, Facebook is now the most dominant player in the location-based services market. It will be interesting to see how the Facebook Places product evolves now that it’s a global service. We’ve reached out to Facebook for more details on today’s expansion and will update this post once we learn more.