On the flip side, you CAN add the widget to iGoogle and manually set wherever you are or are going to be so that friends and family know what's up. You make a good point though - Google really should consider allowing people to somehow text there location to Latitude after signing up.. Does Google have a blog we can make these suggestions to?
I've got some issues with Google Calendar as well. I want to join, but don't want to put in my phone number. I just want to manually enter my nearest major intersection so people would know which part of town I'm from. But I can't see a way to join without providing my phone number. I think it is quite cool that you can track your location even without the GPS functionality.
But my question behind this service was, is a data plan necessary? I'd love if it weren't, but since "accessing sites from your phone" kept getting mentioned I'm thinking a data plan is a necessity for this service. Which is a shame because I'm all about the texting but can't justify the expense of a data plan since the only place I don't have an Internet connection is when I'm driving.
And everyone who loves me doesn't WANT me to have a connection at those times The drawback to Google Latitude is that it doesn't run in the background. If you switch to another application, your position updates will stop. I think this is totally scary. What ever happened to privacy? When will they have a i-poop app that tweets my color and level of stink of my poop? Seriously, too much info. Yeah - it resolution depends a great deal on where the nearest cell towers are.
My friend and I tested it this weekend to see how accurate it was. He has Verizon and there's a cell tower right in town - it had his location correct right down to town level not building - it can't do that. In the end though, it shows you more or less where your friends are if they "share out" their position, that is.
Privacy IS a setting within Google Latitude, and you can even turn off your location if you like so you essentially go "invisible" to either all friends, or select ones, as outlined in the article. Thanks for the great feedback everyone. Latitude uses GPS if it is available on your phone, which makes the location reporting far more accurate. In addition to being able to turn of sharing of your position, you can also custom set your position that is shared. Resolution is vague, you can't even be sure if someone is really at that street or the next, or the next one.
And I'm talking about a gps-enabled device, not just triangulation which less accuracy than gps. The update freq is even worse, about once a minute here. The tech is great, but I guess they limit its power due to privacy concerns, like someone attaching a cell phone into your car to track you down What if I am interviewing at a competitor while my boss is looking for me, what if I am buy a present for my wife at a particular high end store.
For that matter what if I am at the stripclub and don't want my girlfriend to find out, or a sporting event when I was suppose to be with a "sick friend". And using tools like this can be an infringement. Beleive me, as soon as someone gets located doing something they were not suppose to and it resulted in trouble divorce, being fired, etc the lawsuits are going to fly. What's the resolution? Can I zoom in to see which room of a building a person is in or is the resolution at the "cell tower" range which could be from a few thousand feet to miles.
AJ, I'm not sure I understand what you're saying. This article IS about triangulating a cell phone's actual position using Google Latitude? You can see from the screen shot above where I show how to set up a friend and then there are even sample screenshots of Latitude triangulating his position as well as mine. If you're talking about a way to do that without someone's permission, that's a whole different ballgame.
I doubt Google or anyone would ever enable that ability due to privacy issues. I would be interested in hearing what other people think about that concept though if Google would remove that step and you could track anyone by cell number alone Just think of the ramifications of that I beg to differ.
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A friend of mine was able to trace me on his Blackberry with just a phone number and I never accepted anything. I did not accept an invite like what is required on the My Location feature on the Latitude app. I recall vaguely Latitude's introduction and the update, but where is that app that just tells you where a friend is on the iPhone with just a phone number.
He was able to locate me and I was like how did he do that?
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