Social networking site Twitter has added a geo-location feature, which allows a person to tell the ‘Twitterverse’ where a person is whenever he/she tweets, to its features options on Thursday.
The feature also helps Twitter users find where a particular area or neighborhood is. However, the feature is only available to the U.S. audience right now.
According to Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, the feature will soon be introduced in other countries as well.
“A recent burst of interest in location-sharing applications, games and services has many Twitter users excited about appending geographic data to some of their tweets,” said Stone in a blog post.
“People who choose to add this additional layer of context help make Twitter a richer information network for all of us — location data can make tweets more useful,” he added.
The new feature
The new feature will include a user’s location which will be linked to a Google map where users will be able to note their own location.
“Let’s say I’m at my office and I hear a loud boom. It sounded serious, so I search Twitter for “boom.” Among the first results could be someone who tweeted “Boom go the fireworks!” This could be anywhere in the world.
With the launch of the new feature, Twitter has given stringent competition to social networking site Facebook which has 400 million users. Facebook too plans to launch its own location-sharing service soon, although the company declined to comment on the same.
“However, if that person had activated the new tweet location feature, then the neighborhood data under the tweet would read, SoMa [San Francisco’s South of Market district]. Now, I know it’s just fireworks going off in my neighborhood,” said Stone.
Twitter’s 70 million users will be able to navigate ‘How to Tweet Your Location Web page’ on their respective accounts settings page soon.
The feature will work for Mozilla Firefox 3.5 and Google Chrome on Windows.
With the launch of the new feature, Twitter will give stringent competition to social networking site Facebook which currently has more than 400 million users. Facebook, too, plans to launch its own location-sharing service, although the company declined to comment on the same.
In January, Twitter launched its Local Trends feature, intended to help users find tweets related to specific areas.
Created by Jack Dorsey, Twitter is ranked as one of the 50 most popular websites worldwide according to Alexa’s web traffic analysis (a subsidiary of Amazon.com).
The site is also used as a means to campaign, educate, and improve public relations across the world.