Twitter adds location-sharing

Twitter turned on its geolocation feature Thursday allowing you to tell share your location when you tweet.

Twitter users can now add their current location to their tweets. The micro-blogging service on Thursday activated an optional new feature that appends geographical information to your posts.

Once you opt-in, Twitter adds your location to your tweets.

Why the new feature? "A recent burst of interest in location sharing applications, games, and services has many Twitter users excited about appending geographic data to some of their tweets," writes Twitter co-founder Biz Stone.

He also provides a somewhat bizarre example of how location-sharing could help Twitter users. If you hear a loud boom outside, search Twitter for "boom," and find a tweet in your area mentioning a fireworks show, you can safely assume the noise is nothing to be concerned about.

Unless, of course, a terrorist planted that tweet to throw you off? Or maybe I'm just being paranoid.

The effectiveness of location tweeting will depend on how many users opt in, of course. Thus far, the reaction on Twitter appears to trending negative.

User "adriennebunny" wrote: "no twitter, i would not like to turn my location on to my tweets. that's just asking for stalkers."

"Zazochi" voiced a similar concern: "I know I'm paranoid but NO, I don't want 2 tweet my location. Tweeting a million strangers where I am goes against my survival instinct."

And "neversun" opined: "I don't understand why you would want your location on your tweets. Am I missing something?"

Despite this early negativity, it's feasible that a significant number of Twitter users will take to location-sharing. After all, many already tweet their current location via Foursquare, a practice that's been mocked by PleaseRobMe, a website designed to illustrate the potential dangers of sharing too much personal information online.

Facebook is reportedly developing its own location-sharing feature, although the company hasn't confirmed this rumor.

Well, Twitter fans, will you opt in?

Contact Jeff Bertolucci via Twitter (@jbertolucci) or at jbertolucci.blogspot.com.

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags social networkingtwittergeolocation

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Jeff Bertolucci

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Armand Abogado

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

Wireless printing from my iPhone was also a handy feature, the whole experience was quick and seamless with no setup requirements - accessed through the default iOS printing menu options.

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?