Friday, February 20, 2009

Google Latitude (*AKA* Why the Hell Would You Want Anyone to Know Where You Are?)

As if you didn't already know, Google is all up in our business. The search company knows who we are, where we are, and what we're doing. So why not give us the option to share the info with our friends? Well, last week Google did just that when it launched Latitude.

Latitude is a location-based service that allows you to see your friends on a map and get in touch with them (if you so choose). Likewise, your friends can see where you are and connect with you.

While I think latitude is totally awesome, I've come across a lot of people who are wary about having their location known to others. If you're one of the hesitant few, here are some things that may put your mind at ease
about Latitude:
  1. Your location isn't broadcast to the entire world. You have total control over who can and can't see your whereabouts.
  2. You can turn it off.
  3. If you're worried about looking like a loser because Latitude shows that you're home on a Friday night, you'll be happy to know that you can set your location! That's right, you can throw people off by putting yourself in a totally posh spot on the map.
  4. If you have a stalker, he/she probably already knows where you are.
  5. If you have a stalker and he/she doesn't know where you are (for some odd reason), #3 may come in handy.

In order for Latitude to work, you need to have Google Maps with Latitude installed on your cell phone (for a list of supported phones, click here), or your computer needs to be connected to a Wi-Fi hotspot. Read more about it at Google.

Joe Says: Location-based services are becoming more and more mainstream - so why not jump on the bandwagon with a reputable company like Google? Give Latitude a chance!

This is Joe, signing off.

1 comment:

JasonBSchmidt said...

This is cool and I am wary. I would like to set my location to Paris though.