26 December 2009

Location-Based Services in the Spotlight

I think 2010 will be a big year for location-based services. Twitter's acquisition of Mixer Labs , a service that helps developers build location-aware applications, shows that the company hopes to make location broadcasting an important part of its service. And the microblogging service isn't alone, either: Google is getting into location-based services with its work on Google Maps and features like My Location, and Facebook recently adjusted its privacy policy to make way for opt-in location-based features. Here's a look at five location-based services that you'll want to keep your eye on as we approach the new year: Foursquare, Gowalla, Google Latitude and My Location, Nighlife, Twitter. See also Foursquare vs. Gowalla: Location-Based Throwdown (Mashable) by Shane Snow.