Feb 5, 2009 113 reads by Navneet Kaushal

Google has released a new service called Latitude that allows its users to known where your friends are and what they're up to. It runs as a gadget on iGoogle and also available for a majority of phones as well.

“Latitude is a new feature for Google Maps on your mobile device. It's also an iGoogle gadget on your computer. Once you've opted in to Latitude, you can see the approximate location of your friends and loved ones who have decided to share their location with you. So now you can do things like see if your spouse is stuck in traffic on the way home from work, notice that a buddy is in town for the weekend, or take comfort in knowing that a loved one's flight landed safely, despite bad weather.

And with Latitude, not only can you see your friends' locations on a map, but you can also be in touch directly via SMS, Google Talk, Gmail, or by updating your status message; you can even upload a new profile photo on the fly. It's a fun way to feel close to the people you care about.” explains Official Google Blog

There are two primary ways to use Latitude right now:

Mobile Phone:

  1. On your mobile phone: visit google.com/latitude from your phone's mobile browser.
  2. The next step is to download Google Maps for mobile with Latitude.
  3. It will be available through Google Mobile App.


  1. Just log on to http://google.com/latitude from your browser and add the Latitude gadget to your iGoogle homepage.
  2. And if you have Google Gears or Google Chrome, then you can choose to automatically share your location from your system!

Google Latitude

Here is how you can do so:

After selecting yourself, you can:

  • Change your status message across Google products.
  • Change your photo across Google products.
  • Submit or edit your phone number in Latitude for your friends.
  • Edit your privacy settings for all friends.

After selecting a friend, you can:

  • Show the friend in map view.
  • Search for places near your friend.
  • Call if a phone number is available in your Google Contacts or Latitude.
  • Chat using Google Talk or Gmail chat if available.
  • Send an email.
  • Get directions to the friend's approximate location.
  • Set sharing options.
  • Remove the friend.

Interesting options!

Navneet Kaushal

Navneet Kaushal

Navneet Kaushal is the founder and CEO of PageTraffic, an SEO Agency in India with offices in Chicago, Mumbai and London. A leading search strategist, Navneet helps clients maintain an edge in search engines and the online media. Navneet's expertise has established PageTraffic as one of the most awarded and successful search marketing agencies.
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