Google Latitude has for some time been out there on its own in the big wide social world. It’s a simple but effective real time location service to share your location and status with your friends. But now it has been brought in from the cold by Ipoki another GPS based real time service.
At first Latitude was only available on mobile phones but was excellent at quickly determining your location either via your inbuilt GPS or via WiFi IP address or Phone cell ID. I use it a lot as the basic Google maps mainly as an A-Z in London with the occasional announcement of where I am to my Google Latitude Friends. It is now also available as a gadget within iGoogle so as soon as I open up my laptop and connect to the internet, Latitude kicks in with my updated location without me having to do anything.
However this has all been a bit flat because Latitude didn’t link to any of my other networks where most of my friends were. Now ipoki has come to the rescue by enabling ipoki to read my location from Google Latitude. Ipoki is also GPS driven real time location service that can run on my laptop or mobile phone and is used by athletes, cyclists and walkers to plot their route and time their performance.
Ipoki also enables you to send your location and status to your Twitter. So now all your Twitter followers and your friends in your networks which absorb your twitter feed can be told of your location.
What is even more significant is that Ipoki can send my location to FireEagle and thus opens Google Latitude up to all the location aware networks that can interoperate with FireEagle including Facebook.
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