Google Latitude Helps You Keep Track Of Friends And Family Through Google Maps


Posted February 4, 2009 - By r_pad

Google has unveiled the new Latitude feature for its Google Maps service. This location-based feature allows your family, friends, and followers to keep tabs on you through Google Maps. Latitude features heavy opt-in choices, so if you value your privacy, you can easily halt voyeurs. Furthermore, you can fake your location on a user-to-user basis, which comes in handy when you tell your boss that you're home sick, but secretly on the beach in Kauai. Google's blog has noted:

"Latitude is a new feature for Google Maps on your mobile device. It's also an iGoogle gadget on your computer. Once you've opted in to Latitude, you can see the approximate location of your friends and loved ones who have decided to share their location with you. So now you can do things like see if your spouse is stuck in traffic on the way home from work, notice that a buddy is in town for the weekend, or take comfort in knowing that a loved one's flight landed safely, despite bad weather."

Users of T-Mobile's G1, powered by Google Android, will automatically receive Latitude as part of update RC33, which is being rolled out from February 5 to 15.

This is an interesting feature, but I'm not sure what I'd use it for. I already keep tabs on several of my friends through Twitter. While knowing the location of my nearest and dearest is cool, I'm more interested in what they're doing or thinking. Then again, this could be handy for stalking keeping in touch with ex-girlfriends.

What do you guys and gals make of Google Latitude?

Google Latitude Helps You Keep Track Of Friends And Family Through Google Maps


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