Today Twitter enabled geo-tagging for third party tools, allowing users the ability to tag tweets with their current location.

From the Twitter support site: “Twitter’s Geotagging feature allows users who opt-in to the service to selectively Geotag their tweets with their exact location and provide more context to users about their surroundings. This great new functionality allows you to join into a local conversation and annotate the world around you as you travel from one place to another.”

What this means for you and me

Tying a tweet to a location will probably go down as one of the biggest steps towards making the web more local. Here are just a few things we can expect:

  • Local restaurants will know when to tweet out discounts.
  • Retailers will be able to determine the best location for their stores.
  • Political protesters will be able to organize much more quickly and effectively.
  • Tools like @foursquare can allow users to automatically “check-in” to Panera Bread, just by showing up.
  • Companies like ZipCar will add a location service to their offerings.
  • The police and fire departments will be able to re-direct crowds easier.
  • Tweetups will be much more spontaneous.

How to enable geo-tagging

Under the account tab, simply select “enable geo-tagging” and then you’re goof to go. You can also delete your location data.

Twitter now tags your location by enabling geotagging

What do you think about geotagging?

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Comments

  1. So what will it look like if I geotag? Will it be like a hashtag that I can then sort by? And it will geotag from my present location (of the tweet) not from the location linked to the profile?

  2. So what will it look like if I geotag? Will it be like a hashtag that I can then sort by? And it will geotag from my present location (of the tweet) not from the location linked to the profile?

  3. I agree somewhat with the commenter on social networking these days. I'd really like to see what Twitter could do besides what most other sites on the manufactured home web can't do, especially Facebook. Twitter, Tweeter, who really cares? I hope Facebook buys it out.

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