Facebook's new Places Directory shows you businesses in any area you search, their user ratings, and what your friends are saying about them.
Facebook is known for grabbing popular social networking ideas and delivering its own version. Places Directory works like Yelp. You can choose any city you want and browse popular restaurants, bars, hotels and other locations, or you can search for less popular ones. Each location has a quick link to the place's Facebook page and user ratings.
The one thing it has over Yelp is the highlights feature of your friends' reviews so you can see those first, and rely on people you trust to help shape your decision.
Is it going to change how we use the internet to discover new places? Probably not, but it is a neat feature that you can use, especially if you want to know what your friends think about a place.