Should 4SQ and Groupon be concerned that #Facebook just launched “Deals”? I think so!

    • by Jon Fougner on Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at 2:18pm

      Everyone likes getting a good deal, but it’s not always easy to find the right one at the moment you could use one. Imagine that while you’re looking for a new place to try for lunch, you could see offers from restaurants nearby on your phone. On the other hand, I already love Zachary’s Pizza, so imagine if I were rewarded for coming back there every week with my friends.

       

      Starting today, local businesses will be able to offer you deals when you check in to their place on Facebook. Deals will be rolling out over the next few days and will only be available in the United States at this time.

       

      We launched Places to let you share where you are with your friends and see who’s nearby. Now with Deals, you also can see what offers are nearby and share those deals with your friends.

       

      Finding deals near you is easy. On touch.facebook.com or the latest version of Facebook for iPhone, touch “Places” and then touch “Check In.” Nearby Places with deals have a yellow icon:

       

      

Well, this just may be the move that breathes new life into Facebook’s Places! Now there’s a reason to use it and it just may give Foursquare a run for it’s money. An in the process, Groupon should be hearing footsteps! What do you think? Will you start checking in Places just to get a deal?? Probably!