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:
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?