Now you can share your location with your friends using Google Latitude on your Blackberry, S60 or Windows Mobile phone. There are also versions of Latitude coming for Android in coming days and also to iPhone. You can also IM or text with friends using Latitude.
To share your location, Google Latitude uses a friend request that allows you to opt into sharing your location. You can also change someone’s settings at any time to stop sending your location. You can add anyone in Google Latitude based on your contacts stored in Gmail.
I’ve been following mobile friend finder services for some time. The boundary for most is that they are only for users of a few phones, so I can’t talk to all my friends on them. Once Latitude launches for Android and iPhone, I’ll be able to chat with any of my friends that own smartphones.
You can also use Google Latitude from the Web on your browser. Just go to google.com/latitude and add the Gadget to your Google IG account. From there you can start adding friends and keeping up with them. If you install Google Gears your browser can automatically update your location when you’re on your computer, which for me is almost constantly.
The other problem with a lot of friend finders is that they try to create their own messaging inbox. The just provides another Inbox to check, which is too heavy and slow for a mobile experience. Using the SMS and Email service on virtually every device just makes it easier to incorporate Latitude into your daily life.
Check out the video demo below:
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