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Geolocation Functions Come to Twitter

By now, most of the Tom's news readers have figured out that we like to use Twitter. On a personal level, it's a good outlet for game and hardware updates from contacts that clog the Inbox on a daily basis. But letting readers know the geographic origins of those tweets just seems rather creepy, yet that's exactly what Twitter has now officially enabled for developers and Twitter clients.

According to this blog, Twitter has delivered what was promised back in August 2009: the Geotagging API. Users won't see this new feature on the Twitter website; the 3rd party applications like Birdseed, Seesmic Web, Foursquare and more will support the new functionality internally. In fact, many of these clients already have the new feature installed.

So what's the big deal? Why would Geotagging be important? Honestly, some of us didn't really understand why Tweeting was so important until we started using the service, and discovered how it can benefit the local community. Not only can this added feature benefit local conversations, but could also provide a better perspective of what the tweeter is talking about at a remote location.

"Now you can find out what live music is playing right now in your neighborhood or what people visiting Checkpoint Charlie are saying today about the anniversary of the Berlin Wall," the company said. "These are only the beginning and we are really looking forward to seeing the creative uses emerge from the developer community."

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