05 February 2009

Google Latitude: LBS for all

Location Based Services (LBS) are becoming popular, now even for the masses. Google launched Latitude, a new and easy to use LBS service designed for the Google Maps Mobile, iGoogle and Google Gears. Whit this application every logged-in user can see the approximate location of his contacts who have decided to share their location with him, and vice versa. Latitude is interactive, users can communicate via SMS, Google Talk, Gmail, or by updating their status message.

And the privacy? Google says that everything about Latitude is opt-in. Every user not only controls exactly who gets to see his location, but he also decides the location that his contacts see.