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Facebook, Twitter Ready Location-Based Features

Posted by TeamITI on March 17, 2010

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Facebook and Twitter are preparing to flip the switch on features that will allow you to share your location with your friends at any time. Facebook is reportedly revving up to introduce the feature, while Twitter is ready to enable the changes on its site any moment now.

Facebook will add friend location information starting next month, according to a report in The New York Times. To be introduced at the F8 developer conference in April, Facebook status geolocation will enable you to share with your friends the location from where you submitted your update.

There are over 400 million Facebook users, and around 100 million of them update their status from mobile devices such as smartphones. In this context, location information attached to your status would enable the social network to target small business advertisers.

But Facebook status geolocation information has another rival just around the corner. Twitter, which posts over 50 million 140-characters long messages per day, is also prepared to flip the switch on geolocation features. Twitter is already allowing users of 3rd party clients to attach their location info to tweets, but the feature is notably missing from the site itself.

While it’s still unclear how Facebook’s geolocation feature will work, Twitter offered a glimpse of its own during the short appearance of the feature on Tuesday. Twitter’s geolocation feature will show maps overlaying individual tweets and on the main stream, together with place names and your location.

Geolocation is quite a big deal for social networks, and an increasing numbers of services are starting to integrate it. However, my concerns over the implications of millions of users publishing their location continuously still stand.

This article is published by PCWorld, read the original article here.

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