Can a “Head of Social” help Google fend off Facebook?

When Google was fresh off its $27 billion initial public offering almost six years ago, Facebook was but a college social network fueled by hormones and the occasional lascivious profile photo. It had just around 200,000 members and $500,000 in angel funding.

Google Latitude API coming in the next few months

Steven Lee, a senior product manager for Google who works on the company’s location products, said the search giant will release an application programming interface for its Latitude service — which lets you see your friends’ locations on a map — in the next few months.

Glympse tries to take off where Google Latitude trips up

Location-based social networking has yet to yield a number of break-out hits despite booming smartphone sales. Redmond, Washington-based Glympse is trying to change that by sidestepping the social networking part entirely and letting users share their locations in short bursts through e-mail.