Google didn't exactly offer much fanfare for this new feature -- as far as we can tell, it still hasn't been officially announced. With the latest update to the Maps app, Mountain View delivered an extra level of functionality to the all but forgotten Latitude. Now check check-ins earn you points which are tallied and used to rank Google+ users on a global leaderboard, just like on Foursquare. Not everyone is seeing the feature just yet, and it only appears to reveal itself after you check-in somewhere.
11:11 pm on Feb 20, 2012 (gmt 0)
Warning about Google latitude
If you activate the app on your mobile device it will remain active and continue to send signals about your location even if you turn off the app. To disable being tracked you have to go into the app's settings and turn it off manually before turning off the app itself, simply exiting the app doesn't work.
12:38 am on Feb 21, 2012 (gmt 0)
Looking at the limited response to this shows how completely useless an idea this is.
This is a geek feature that will die a death before it gets started.
12:41 am on Feb 21, 2012 (gmt 0)
Just like foursquare which is something some people use that has no valid use going forward at all.
I hope Google continues to chase rubbish as then they will take their eye of commercial stuff which is where I fancy myself!
2:23 am on Feb 21, 2012 (gmt 0)
Wow! Don't talk smack about Foursquare. My wife is the mayor of 21 things including: a mailbox, a highway bridge, the dead end street that we live on, and even the water cooler in our office. It also provides the criminal element with a signal that we're not home - come and get it. It has perfectly valid use. LOL.
Honestly, can Google even invent anymore. They've become M$. They've ripped off Foursquare and are tracking cell phone movement. What a shame.
6:51 am on Feb 21, 2012 (gmt 0)
8:37 am on Feb 21, 2012 (gmt 0)
check-ins suck 0_X
2:54 pm on Feb 21, 2012 (gmt 0)
I actually like FourSquare. It allows me to see where my friends are and there are a lot of locations around me that offer free sides or a discount when you check-in.
A lot more fun than Facebook or Google+, in my opinion.
2:01 am on Feb 22, 2012 (gmt 0)
I have no problem with Foursquare as "fun" - but really a "platform" or something more important is nonsense.
World of Warcraft is a bit of fun too and has a "platform" - but it is of no use whatsoever as a tool for business. Just like Foursquare.
If you look at the selling amounts for price comparison sites over the past 5 years (e.g. Ciao $500 million) and their massive devaluation since ($100 million) then you get the idea - and these are sites that are only commercial and they still have so much less value.