Friday, August 21, 2009

Geolocation Coming to Twitter - Pretty Cool and a Little Creepy

Twitter just announced it's "gearing up to launch a new feature which makes Twitter truly location-aware. A new API will allow developers to add latitude and longitude to any tweet. Folks will need to activate this new feature by choice because it will be off by default and the exact location data won't be stored for an extended period of time. However, if people do opt-in to sharing location on a tweet-by-tweet basis, compelling context will be added to each burst of information," wrote Twitter cofounder Biz Stone.

A developer preview indicates the API will use GeoRSS and work by enabling a point location for a user. Pretty cool and will likely work well at concerts and community events, and a little creepy since the implications for geolocation privacy are immense.

- Jeff


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