FriendFeed puts location in a bit more context by auto-adding maps to the stream

FriendFeed quietly rolled out a pretty cool new feature tonight. Now, when you update a service that has location information included in it, such as Brightkite, a Google Map image of your location will be placed below the update.

When I inquired about this new feature, FriendFeed co-found Bret Taylor wrote back in a thread:

“We just pushed that change out. Should show up for all entries that have geo information, including RSS feeds that use GeoRSS.”

You can see it in action for a blog entry that is geotagged here.

Clicking on these map images takes you to an actual Google Map with the location marked down. A subtle, yet nice addition to the service and one that should help move the adoption of location-based services forward a little bit more.

Find me on FriendFeed here, along with fellow VentureBeat writers Eric Eldon, Dean Takahashi, Anthony Ha, Chris Morrison and Dan Kaplan.


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  1. [...] VentureBeat reported two days ago that Friendfeed quietly enabled the geo-location tagging feature on the feeds that transit through their powerful RSS management system. The article on VentureBeat isn’t very spicy, but if you head over to The Inquisitr, Duncan Riley offers a livelier reaction to this new addition: It’s like when everyone on Twitter started using BrightKite and posting to their Twitter stream exactly where they were at that moment. Sorry but I couldn’t care less where you are any point in the day let alone in a play by play fashion and I really don’t see the need to broadcast where I am when I post something. [...]