Google Latitudes Rolls Out New Apps: Google Public Location Badge and Google Talk Location Status
Article by George Norman
On 05 May 2009
Google Latitude, the service that allows you to share your current geographical location with other Google Latitude users, has come up with a couple of new apps that will allow you to share your location with Google Talk friends (GTalk and Gmail chat) or with the general public by posting your location on your blog or website.

“A few months ago, we introduced Google Latitude, a new feature for mobile and iGoogle that lets you share your location with your friends. Since the launch, a lot of you have asked "What if I want to share my location with people who are not my Latitude friends?" Today, we're happy to release two applications that make that possible,” explain Google Mobile Software Engineers, Rohan Seth and Chris Lambert.

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The two new apps mentioned above are: Google Public Location Badge and Google Talk Location Status (beta). With the Google Public Location Badge you can publish your location to your own web page or blog; you get to choose what information will be shared with the general public (things like a specific location, or just the city you are in). With the Google Talk Location Status (currently in Beta), your Google Talk or Gmail chat status will automatically be updated, according to your geographical location. This way all your contacts can see where you are.

A word of warning regarding Google Talk Location Status is provided by Rohan Seth: “Please note that this is still an experimental feature. You can always disable it by changing or clearing your status message. To turn it back on, just change your status to "loc:on" and it'll resume displaying your current city within 30 seconds.”

You should also note that the two offerings from Google Latitude, for the time being, are available for US Google Latitude users only. In the future they will be made available in all the countries and languages supported by Google Latitude.

If you would like to get Google Public Location Badge, a download location is available here.
If you would like to get Google Talk Location Status (beta), a download location is available here.
If you don’t know what Google Latitude is all about, check out this link.



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