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Twitter Becomes Location-Aware

Biz Stone has written on the Twitter blog that Twitter will soon update their API to allow developers to add latitude and longitude information to tweets. This new feature will allow users to search for tweets within a certain area, such as from within their city or just within a few mile from where they are.

While some third-party Twitter clients have already implemented such an option, it was based on using information within the “location” portion of a profile, where a user can enter whatever information he wishes. This update will provide more accurate location information. Those who do not want their location broadcasted should not fear, by default the feature is disabled. Users will have to manually opt-in to the service to allow clients to use their location information.

Third-party Twitter clients such as TweetDeck and Tweetie will have access to this feature first and it will be integrated into at a later time.

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