Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Twitter turns on geolocation feature

updated 05:55 pm EST, Thu November 19, 2009

Twitter apps get location awareness

Twitter today added its promised geolocation feature for tweets. The addition gives any app using the API, but not the Twitter site itself, the option of tagging posts with a location as well as to automatically draw on the location for position-based features, such as finding tweets in a certain area. It isn't exclusive to GPS-equipped devices and will work with Wi-Fi and other methods that can generate the relevant data.

The feature is already exposed in a handful of apps, including iPhone apps like Birdfeed ($2.99, App Store), Foursquare (free, App Store) and Twittelator Pro ($4.99, App Store). It appears in the web through Seesmic Web and is available for Android phones through the free Twidroid client. The upcoming release of Tweetie 2.1 for iPhones will also bring the feature set.

Twitter is careful to address privacy worries and notes that users have to enable the option in their settings on the web before position information comes through. Users can also switch it off at any time and delete information collected by the app if they want to clear their existing histories.



By Electronista Staff
toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

ActvContent Sync Smartband

Smartbands of all sorts are hitting the market. Some build on the buzz around fitness trackers, while others offer simpler features fo ...

RocketStor 6324L Thunderbolt 2 eSATA bridge

Like it or not, the shift to Thunderbolt is underway. The connection is extremely flexible, allowing for video and data to co-habitate ...

Patriot Stellar Boost XT 64GB USB 3.0 drive

A vast selection of USB memory sticks means that consumers can often find exactly the size drive they need in a configuration that can ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News