Facebook launched its location-based service today, called Places. I’ve been reading about it on Mashable, TUAW and pretty much every other tech blog in my Google Reader for weeks, months even. So now that it’s finally here, I was excited to download the new version of the Facebook app for iPhone and give it a try. And this is what I found.

This feature will be available in my region soon? Thanks for nothing, Facebook. I hope they’re not taking time to add a bunch of locations before they launch – they should let users populate the locations, like Foursquare does. And on that note, apparently Places will integrate with Foursquare, Gowalla and other established location-based social networks. So if Foursquare has a litany of locations in my locality (aliteration FTW), why doesn’t Places feed from that? Foursquare has an API, after all.

Well, I guess I’ll just have to wait and see. Until then, Facebook Places remains a much-hyped mystery.

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