Facebook now lists the current Places locations of your closest friends in the “Happening Now” section of the events home page. This gives users of the fixed web version of facebook.com a way of seeing a list of Places their friends have recently checked in to, something previously only available on touch.facebook.com and the Facebook for iPhone app. Shown alongside the events happening that day which a user and their closest friends have RSVP’d to are “[Name] is at [Place]” entries.
The Places home page for mobile shows lists of check-ins nearby and anywhere from friends, but there is no tab housing these lists in the fixed version. Fixed users had to comb through their news feed for Places stories to determine if friends might be right around the corner.
Now, check-ins by the friends you interact with most on Facebook can be found by navigating to the events home page from the facebook.com home page left navigation sidebar. There is still no way to see an aggregated list of check-ins from all of your friends, or a list of check-ins that have expired after the 3-4 hour limit. A dedicated Places tab for fixed web would make it easy to determine where all your friends are without using a phone, encouraging people to leave their homes, not just move from a less popular to a more popular public location.