You can now track where your friends and family are with Google’s new feature for Google Map called “Latitude”. Google Latitude can be used on the following compatible mobile devices:
- Android-powered devices, such as the T-Mobile G1
- iPhone and iPod touch devices (coming soon)
- most color BlackBerry devices
- most Windows Mobile 5.0+ devices
- most Symbian S60 devices (Nokia smartphones)
- Java-enabled (J2ME) mobile phones, such as Sony Ericsson devices (coming soon)
If you don’t have any compatible mobile devices, you can still use it as an iGoogle gadget and track your friends from you computer. This service is available for use in 27 countries at the moment.
A lot of people are concerned with the privacy issue but everything about Google Latitude is opt-in. You can control exactly who gets to see your location. You can also decide the location that other people see.
Google Latitude in Action
Privacy Tips for Google Latitude
The following video on privacy tips shows how you can adjust your privacy settings on Google Latitude.
Remember, Google stores the most recent updated location on their servers. So if you don’t want Google to store your location simply hide your location.