Google Launches Friend Finder

Wed, 03/04/2009 - 7:15am


It looks like Loopt is getting some more competition. Google today launched its Latitude, a feature in Google Maps that allows people to share their location with friends and family.

Google says the service won’t pinpoint a person’s exact location but gives a good idea of where friends are at a given time.

Consumers can use their Google account to opt into the feature and invite friends and family to join Google Latitude. Once they accept, their profile picture appears on a map through their mobile device or desktop PC. Users can click on an icon to call, text, IM or e-mail their friends. It also gives directions to locations on the map.

Google says it thought long and hard about making sure users have complete control over how and when they want to be found. Settings can be adjusted to share as much or as little information about a user’s location.

Separately, T-Mobile USA noted that the over-the-air maintenance release for G1 customers includes Google Latitude, as well as Google Search by voice.

More FirstNews 02/04/09:
•  Alcatel-Lucent Posts Another Loss 
•  MetroPCS Lands in NYC, Boston
•  Google Launches Friend Finder
•  Group Focuses on White Spaces
•  T-Mobile Gets Exclusive on Renew
•  FirstNews Briefs for Feb. 04, 2009



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