Twitterers will soon be able to deluge their friends with even more pointless information, following the news that the company is launching a new API allowing developers to add latitude and longitude to tweets.
Users will be able to read tweets from anyone in the neighborhood, whether they 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,” chirps founder Biz Stone on his blog.
Other applications would include the sort of restaurant-finding service available on smartphones – and letting users follow their friends physically as well as metaphorically.
In an attempt to allay privacy fears, Stone says the feature will need to be activated by choice, and that exact location data won’t be stored for any period of time. “However, if people do opt-in to sharing location on a tweet-by-tweet basis, compelling context will be added to each burst of information,” says Stone.
The company plans to release geolocation to platform developers before adding the feature to Twitter.com and its mobile website.