Google on Wednesday introduced a new feature for its Maps service, Google Latitude, that allows users to share their geographical location with friends and family. Apart from sharing your location, you can use Latitude to track your friends’ whereabouts in real time. With this tool, you can even you can contact them with SMS, IM, or a phone call. You can use Google Latitude both on your phone and computer.
What about your privacy with Latitude? You can maintain complete control over your privacy. You can share, set, or hide your location or turn off Google Latitude, from the privacy menu. You can also hide your location or share only a city-level location with certain friends.
To start using Latitude on you phone, you need to provide your phone number or visit google.com/latitude on your mobile web browser. And, if you want to use it from your computer, you just need a Google account. Latitude is currently available in 27 countries, via platforms including BlackBerry, S60 and Windows Mobile. Android support will be added in the next few days and soon it will run on Apple’s iPhone and iTouch and many Sony Ericsson devices.
More info: www.google.com/latitude