Staking Your Claim 

Over on the LIS-WEB2 JISCMail list Alison Barlow posted a message entitled “Facebook Places – have you claimed yours?“:

Just been playing with Facebook Places and discovered that some of our libraries have been registered as locations (and people are checking in).

Turns out you can (as the business owner) lay claim to these pages and put extra information on them. You need to prove you are the owner – via a scanned bill for each location.

I was wondering whether anyone else was aware of this and have you claimed yours?

In response David Viner informed list members that:

I mentioned this recently on my blog (http://david-viner.com/2010/12/02/when-i-met-mark-zuckerberg/) and also Foursquare for Libraries (http://david-viner.com/2010/04/29/libraries-and-location-services-using-foursquare-in-public-libraries/). We have started to register libraries. However, Facebook now require a utility bill or other proof for each library which I am trying to source.

I’m please to see the interest in staking claims in geo-location services. Shouldn’t organisations be more pro-active in doing this? What, I wonder, are the possible costs in claiming a site in a service which fails to take off versus the cost in failing to claim a site in a service which does becomes popular and useful to the host organisation?

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