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Twitter Adds Geotagging API

12:43 pm on Nov 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Twitter Adds Geotagging API [blog.twitter.com]
In August we announced that we were working on a new API that would provide developers with the ability to geotag tweets. Today, the Geotagging API is officially available.
s release is unique in that it's API-only which means you won't see any changes on twitter.com, yet. Instead, Twitter applications like Birdfeed, Seesmic Web, Foursquare, Gowalla, Twidroid, Twittelator Pro and others are already supporting this new functionality (go try them out now!) in interesting ways that include geotagging your tweets and displaying the location from where a tweet was posted.
It's important to note geotagging is disabled by default for all users which means you will need to opt-in in order to use it. To activate the new geotagging functionality, go to your Settings page and click "Enable Geotagging".
12:53 pm on Nov 20, 2009 (gmt 0)


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Wow, a stalker's paradise! Seriously, this could enable some really interesting functionality in terms of connecting with nearby tweeters. I've met up with Pubcon pals by including ORD (the abbreviation for OHare airport) in my tweets, and formal geotagging would make this kind of thing much easier.

On the other hand, I see this as being one more way individuals can be tracked geographically (along with electronic toll records and cell phone geo records, for example) by employers, legal foes, etc.

6:29 pm on Nov 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I think this makes a lot of sense. Especially for local businesses or other types of businesses that target specific areas.
12:46 am on Nov 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Hasn't the TweetDeck iPhone app had this for a little while now? The last update added the option to include a Tweets Nearby column that you can set to a certain radius.
4:21 am on Nov 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Congratulations to Twitter for making innovations. That's why they are growing fast. Folks! could you please guide your experiences & tips how to utilize twitter geotagging in gaining business applications.

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