Gowalla Ties Into Facebook Places

Austin-based location-based checkin firm Gowalla was one of the companies presenting at yesterday's Facebook announcement that it has gotten into the check-ins business. According to Facebook, it has launched Facebook Places, a new location check-in feature which is nearly identical to what both Gowalla and competitor Foursquare provide in their services. Gowalla said it would take advantage of Facebook's new API for places, which will allow the firm to pull up check-in information from Places, and endorsed the new service from Facebook.