We're 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.
For example, with accurate, tweet-level location data you could switch from reading the tweets of accounts you follow to reading tweets from anyone in your neighborhood or city—whether you follow them or not. It's easy to imagine how this might be interesting at an event like a concert or even something more dramatic like an earthquake. There will likely be many use cases we haven't even thought of yet which is part of what makes this so exciting.
1:59 pm on Aug 21, 2009 (gmt 0)
I think the potential for cool functionality here is massive, but so is the potential for location based spamming. Once you've tweeted from Leicester Square and had 50 local businesses follow you automatically and attempt to DM you you're going to get a bit fed up with it.
I hope that the cool stuff with businesses genuinely trying to engage with local consumers outweigh the inevitably spammy activity.
2:16 pm on Aug 21, 2009 (gmt 0)
It's easy to imagine how this might be interesting at an event like a concert or even something more dramatic like an earthquake.
Oh, come now, do let's say a nuclear explosion! Wouldn't that be even more "interesting" than a mere earthquake? ;)
Kidding aside, I think it's kind of sad that the best they can say about this for an earthquake is that it would be "interesting." In a major earthquake, I'd like to think people were trying to help their family or neighbors instead of tweeting whose house has fallen down or what neighborhood is on fire...
2:47 pm on Aug 21, 2009 (gmt 0)
I really like UberTwitter's feature of opting to include your location on a per-tweet basis.
I doubt I would turn my location on for ALL my tweets. I like my Twitter friends but I don't necessarily want them all knowing where I am ALL the time. :)
2:56 pm on Aug 21, 2009 (gmt 0)
I like my Twitter friends but I don't necessarily want them all knowing where I am ALL the time.
I really don't want them knowing where I'm at period.
Oh wait a minute... I don't don't have any twitter friends...
4:12 pm on Aug 21, 2009 (gmt 0)
Now I can find out the EXACT location of the uninteresting people who tweet all the inane details of their boring lives!
4:40 pm on Aug 21, 2009 (gmt 0)
And you can out them when they lie: Twit1: Hanging out at a high-end coffee shop, enjoying the sun with my peeps! Twit2: No you're not- your location says you're at your mom's house.
6:44 pm on Aug 21, 2009 (gmt 0)
Will the reverse work? for example if I search by key words (in my biz line) for some reason among the results I got few twitts written in Cyrillic char. Will we be able to define the region/State/Country from which we are looking for twitts (for me USA only)
12:14 am on Aug 22, 2009 (gmt 0)
Twitter: now making it easier for burglars know when your not home.
12:32 am on Aug 22, 2009 (gmt 0)
I like my Twitter friends
Who needs real friends? Am I right people?
At least wyweb is sane. I have nightmares about the whole world being mindless zombies, all twitting away and believing that people constantly want to know what they are doing every second of every day.
7:30 pm on Aug 22, 2009 (gmt 0)
Twitter: now spin doctor friendly. Spit out a juicy bit of news embarrassing to some official and he/she WILL know where you are.
6:57 pm on Aug 23, 2009 (gmt 0)
Soon everyone on earth will just be holed up, staring into machines as they twitter, thinking other people really care about the sad minutiae of their lives.
5:23 pm on Aug 24, 2009 (gmt 0)
I hope they improve their adoption of Microformats before they launch the location-aware feature at Twitter.