When geolocation was first introduced we launched an app that was a very simple mashup of Google maps and Twitter, enabling users to attach a location of their choosing - not necessarily their actual location - to a tweet. The much-discussed privacy concerns of geolocation were not relevant to this application, which we made first of all for our own use - to geotag new, location-specific content from our website. Anyway, it seemed at the time that only users tweeting from GPS-enabled phones had to worry about revealing their true location.
The other day, when map pins and cute little maps began to appear with our tweets, we thought that was very cool indeed and we began thinking again about promoting this app. (Oddly, the geodata only shows when we are logged in - maybe that will change..?) In order for a user to geo-tweet using our app, they needed to have "Enable geotagging" checked in their settings. This has since been changed to "Add a location to your tweets". On a support page dated 12 November 2009 (which I suspect has been updated more recently), Twitter states, "Twitter won't show any location information unless you've opted-in to the feature, and have allowed your device or browser to transmit your coordinates to us," but the part about the device or browser does not seem to apply to to the use of third-party apps like ours. On the same page Twitter says that "Tweet With Your Location is only available in the United States" which again does not appear to apply to users of third party browser apps. (We are not in the US) We just need to know what we should tell our users. They need change their settings by checking the box by "Tweet Location", but _not_ allow their browser to transmit their location, right? Then they can ignore the part about 'available in US only' and _not worry_ about accidently revealing their exact location? Can we promise them that? Thanks, Ken To unsubscribe from this group, send email to twitter-development-talk+unsubscribegooglegroups.com or reply to this email with the words "REMOVE ME" as the subject.