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 August 21, 2009  Posted by  Online, Surveillance

Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, has announced that the service will soon get a new feature in its API: the capability to optionally put geolocation data into tweets.

Currently, geo-focused apps like Foursquare must hack location data into updates by linking them to web pages. Once Twitter lets developers embed geo into tweets themselves, a new and interesting world for developers is likely to open up.

As Stone says in his post: “For example, with accurate, tweet-level location data you could switch from reading the tweets of accounts you follow to reading tweets from anyone in your neighbourhood or city – whether you follow them or not. It’s easy to imagine how this might be interesting at an event like a concert or even something more dramatic like an earthquake.”


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