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Facebook’s Places Editor – and what’s wrong with it

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No sooner than I complained about its disappearance, it’s back!

This is an update to a previous post where I’d found the Places Editor, and then thought I’d lost it again. I’ve now found it and have taken some screen grabs!

You can see what the first page looks like, why I get the choice of Northern Ireland, I have no idea!  I chose to tag duplicates, those things *really* annoy me.

Here’s what happens on the next, and it highlights one of the problems with the Places database:

You get a map and a bunch of entries from the database and you can tag each entry as to whether it’s a duplicate of the place shown, or specifically tag it not a dupe or you can leave it alone.

The interface needs some work. I don’t know why you’d get the option to tag it three ways. Surely easier to have just one button to ‘Confirm duplicate place’. Also the tick/cross is confusing. You’d think it was asking you to confirm if this entry was correct or not. It isn’t, it’s asking you to say if you think it’s a duplicate or not.

This mechanism needs to be made more fun – you just get screen after screen of data to correct, this gets boring without a good goal. I’d be interested in stats to show how many other people thought the entries were wrong, as well as knowing how much of a difference anything I do here is making to the database.

The most infuriating thing however is the inability to correct the actual location of the place in question! You can see here where FB has tagged ‘Paramount’ and where it actually is (in the Centrepoint Tower).

One of the big problems with adding new places is when the FB app grabs your GPS co-ordinates and how it verifies them. Some entries are several streets away from where they’re supposed to be, some are miles away. This is likely to be caused by the phone moving while the new entry was made, maybe the GPS cache in the phone was out of date.

So, yes I like being able to make edits to the database, but surely it’s important to have the actual locations correct too?


Written by Robert

30 June, 2011 at 4:54 pm

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  1. […] Update: The edit screen came back! Check out this post with new screengrabs. […]

  2. how do you change the location of the pin in the map.. ive been checkin-in to a place but its pointed to a place thats not my location but near mine.. i want it to be exact


    6 July, 2011 at 8:41 am

    • Yes, that’s exactly the problem I point out in the image. As far as I can tell, currently there’s no way to alter the location point.


      6 July, 2011 at 12:01 pm

  3. This is really frustrating. I am all about trying to get these things cleaned up, but this method isn’t very clear and user friendly. I would gladly sift through tons of my local spots and help them verify.
    If they want to clean up the places, it is simple… Give us 3 or 4 locations at a time that they think are familiar by name and address. Let us choose which one we think is the TRUE LOCATION by looking at the very detailed picture, which is pretty damn hard to mistake. Then let us identify the other 3 as FALSE LOCATION, MATCH WITH TRUE LOCATION, or NOT THE SAME BUSINESS.
    Let each location in question get this same treatment a few hundred times, and as the TRUE LOCATION becomes more and more obvious, merge the MATCHES over with it. Move over all the check-ins and all the likes.


    28 July, 2011 at 9:40 pm

  4. […] some sites like Mediabiz Tech says something is wrong with it: No sooner than I complained about its disappearance, it’s […]

  5. Facebook are shit for location data. They can’t even get the county of the village I live in correct. They will not allow me to manually type in the correct data and their stupid fucking forms don’t let you tell them to fuck fix it!


    7 May, 2013 at 8:54 pm

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