Google Latitude with Google Places

I’m a huge fan of Google Latitude. I kept my Google Latitude turn on almost 24/7. (Which is also why I only add people I know on Google Latitude) The only time I turn off my Google Latitude is when I need to hide my location from my friends or my trying to conserve battery on my iPhone. But then, I seldom find myself needing to do that. I like Latitude because it updates your location automatically. I may forget to check in to Foursquare or Facebook Places. But Google Latitude is always on. Your friends just need to go to their Google Latitude to find your location.
That’s the beauty of Google Latitude.
Well, Google just updated their Google Latitude App on iOS yesterday and it comes with Google Places. Google Places, as the name suggest, is something like Foursquare, Facebook Places and Gowalla. Yes everyone, we have YET ANOTHER location check in app. Maybe someone should do an application that check in to ALL the location check in tools with 1 click.

Latitude uses Google Buzz to manage your Google Places check in. It would be good for you to review your Google Profile before using since Google Buzz works closely with Google Profile.
When you are checking in to a place, you get to choose if you want to share the check in with your friends on Latitude or Google Profile. If you share the check in with your friends on Latitude, all your friends on Latitude will see your check in, including friends that you are hiding your location from. (Hmmm…. this isn’t good) If you share the check in on your Google Profile, anyone who see your Google Profile (which can be easily searched using your email address) can see your location.
But of course if you are not comfortable with sharing all these information, you can always do a private check in so that nobody knows you are there.

The Google Places business listing is pretty good. There’s even reviews from around the web on the business listing. This is pretty useful. But I still having figured out how to view the listing/reviews without checking into the place. Maybe that feature is hidden somewhere that I can’t find. Or you die die have to check in to that place in order to view the listing and review. I’m not sure yet. Need to play with it for some time.

So check out the new Google Latitude with Google Places. I’ll most likely stick to just using Google Latitude and Foursquare. There’s just too many location check in apps already.

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