You know that joke about people posting on Facebook everything they've eaten? Now there's an app for that.
OpenTable has extended its local restaurant reservation service to help you create a dining history on Facebook. For some, this could be a great way to keep track of restaurants to try or return to, but for others, the new Facebook app, Places I've Eaten, may consume too big a share of their Facebook timelines.
The new app could be a result of Open Table's partnership with Foodspotting , an app with which diners post photos and reviews of restaurant dishes they've eaten and those they'd like to try.
Similarly, Open Table's new Places I've Eaten app asks users to add restaurants they've been to or would like to try and to assign a "best for" category, such as "neighborhood gem" or "bar scene."
When you begin with the Facebook app, restaurants you've booked using Open Table will automatically be added, which can be a good start to your dining history. Undoubtedly, you'll want to add more restaurants, which is easy with the app's search feature. However, a single addition can lead to a multitude of posts to your timeline.
For instance, adding a local restaurant called Pago and marking it as a neighborhood gem resulted in four separate actions in the activity log (ate at, rated it, favorited it and said it was a neighborhood gem), it was added to "Places" (Facebook's maps that show where a user has visited) and to an Open Table box showing app activity. Now imagine rating a slew of restaurants in a single sitting, and you can see how food-centric your timeline could become.
If your friends also begin using Places I've Eaten, you'll see where they've dined, ratings they've assigned to restaurants and who they dined with when those friends are tagged in the restaurant entry. (Similar to tagging photos , you can mark dining companions from your list of Facebook friends.)
To avoid awkward social situations, Places I've Eaten users may keep their dining history private. You can adjust the app's privacy settings by clicking on the lock icon in the top right corner of your Facebook page, choose "See more settings," and then select "Apps" to see a listing of all of your active apps. Find Open Table and click "Edit." Under "visibility of app" you can customize the setting to allow as many — or as few — people as you'd like to see your dining adventures. You can also hide particular Open Table hide posts from your Timeline in your Activity Log by using the pencil icon next to each action.