Facebook Places and Events now available in Facebook for BlackBerry PlayBook v2.0 (VIDEO)

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Great news, Facebook® users! Facebook for BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet v2.0 has launched today along with Facebook for BlackBerry® smartphones v2.0. Both apps will appear in the BlackBerry App World™ storefront over the next 24 hours. To mark this event, I met up with Douglas to chat about the new features we’re introducing in Facebook for BlackBerry PlayBook tablet v2.0, including:

  • Facebook Places
  • Facebook Event viewing
  • Ability to view ‘Likes’
  • Privacy control on status updates

Check out our video above and keep reading to learn about these features in a little more detail.

Facebook Places

Facebook for BlackBerry PlayBook tablet

Facebook Places allows you to share where you are, what you’re doing, and who you’re with. With your permission, Facebook Places uses location-based technology on your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet to tell you about Places nearby. When you check in to a Place, you can tag a friend and include a comment. If your friends have activated this feature, you can also see where they’re are checking into. Additionally, you can learn about Places nearby by checking out a Place’s page to see who has been there that you know and any comments they’ve left.

Facebook for BlackBerry PlayBook tablet

You can also view the location of a Facebook Place on a map to see exactly where it is and check out the surrounding area, and even get directions by clicking on the map image, which will seamlessly launch Bing Maps.

Facebook Event Viewing

Facebook for BlackBerry PlayBook tablet

Facebook Events allows you to stay up on all of your social plans. With this feature, you can view upcoming events and birthdays, and receive notifications of new invitations that have been generated through the Facebook platform. Facebook for BlackBerry PlayBook tablet v2.0 also allows you to view event details like time, place, guest list and RSVP or write on the event Wall, if those features have been enabled by the event organizer.

View ‘Likes’

Facebook for BlackBerry PlayBook tablet

With Facebook for BlackBerry PlayBook tablet v2.0, you can now see the names of friends that liked your post and tap those names to launch their profiles.

Privacy control on status updates

Facebook for BlackBerry PlayBook tablet

Facebook for BlackBerry PlayBook tablet v2.0 allows you to control who can see each update you share on the fly. Simply click the lock icon in the lower-right corner of the status publisher to select who you want to make the status update visible to before posting it.

As I mentioned before, you can head on over to BlackBerry App World to download Facebook for BlackBerry PlayBook tablet v2.0 (keep in mind it may take up to 24 hours for the new version to appear for some users). Don’t forget to come back to the Inside BlackBerry Blog afterwards to tell us what you think of the new features, and if you haven’t already, make sure to Like our Official BlackBerry Facebook Page.

About Kirsty C.

Communication Manager Kirsty joined Research In Motion (RIM) in 2003 and has been working on various aspects of the social networking product portfolio since 2008. Kirsty is a member of the Product Management team responsible for the Facebook for BlackBerry, Twitter for BlackBerry and Social Feeds applications, and works closely with RIM internal teams on product readiness initiatives and go-to-market strategies. As a communications enthusiast and advocate of social media, Kirsty looks forward to contributing to the RIM blog community and connecting with the readers.

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