Facebook Places Goes Live in the UK

Twitter is awash this morning with UK users saying they have found that Facebook Places is now live in the UK on their iPhones. Facebook is apparently running some sort of official event, but our invitation obviously got lost in the post.

Looking at the Facebook mobile site (touch.facebook.com) this appears to be the case, though none of my Facebook friends seem to be availing themselves of the delights of the Tesco Express round the corner, or indeed the Mogul Dynasty, at a tad after 9 in the morning.

Facebook Places is Facebook’s response to Foursquare, Gowalla et al, and given the popularity of Facebook overall, must be a concern for those fledgling check-in services. For more on Facebook Places, see our story on its launch from a few weeks ago.